(KIRO-TV) Maple Valley, Wash. — Two 11th-grade students at Tahoma High School were suspended for wearing Confederate flags to school. A school district spokesperson said the two juniors brought the flags to school on Tuesday to make an anti-gay statement.

Chad Blenz saw a student wearing a Confederate flag around his neck as Blenz went to class on Tuesday.

They said two 11th-grade boys wore the flags in a common area of Tahoma High School around about 50 kids and some of them started getting upset. Tiki Scroggins, who was picking up her nephew, pointed out the flag is often seen as a symbol of slavery and racism. “I can see where we wouldn’t OK that — there’s too many ethnic backgrounds that that could offend,” Scroggins said.

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