(ABC13) — EVADALE, TX (KTRK) -- A Southeast Texas high school is rallying around the Confederate flag after the symbol has sparked controversy across the country.
The Confederate flag is posted on the fence of the football field, covers a gym wall and is displayed front and center outside a high school in the Evadale school district, KFDM-TV reports. Jamie Richardson, the valedictorian of the Class of 2015, said the emblem has always been a kind of a pride for her school.
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"If you look at our emblem it's not just the confederate flag, it shows symbols of everything that we represent academically and also outside of school with extracurricular activities and such," Richardson said.
The debate over the Confederate flag comes weeks after the shooting deaths of nine people in a historically black church in Charleston. Police have charged a man shown in pictures with the flag, who they say was motivated by hate. Some argue the flag is a symbol of racism and slavery, while others argue it's about state's rights and southern pride.