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School placed on lockdown after student brings Confederate flag on campus

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ROCKMART, Ga. — A Georgia high school was placed on lockdown and three students were suspended after one of them brought a Confederate flag to campus.

According to WAGA, the incident happened last Wednesday at Rockmart High School in Polk County.

Officials said a 10th-grade boy arrived at school with a Confederate flag attached to his backpack.

Principal Wesley Cupp said the sophomore, who is white, walked through the cafeteria of the school and continued out onto the courtyard. That is where he was confronted by two African-American students.

“They wanted to confront him about what he had on his backpack. What did they say? ‘Hey man why you doing that?'” Cupp told WAGA.

Cupp said there was shoving and an exchange of words between the students before staff members broke it up.

Later in the morning, the school was put on lockdown with students kept in class after rumors of other students bringing Confederate flags surfaced.

“We just did that as a precautionary situation to help maintain and control what could have been a bad situation,” Cupp said.

All three students involved were suspended for the disruption. Cupp said it had nothing to do with Freedom of Speech.