Controversy over Colorado prom picture with guns and Confederate flag

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PARKER, Colo. — A prom picture of students posing with guns and the Confederate flag is stirring up controversy in Colorado.

While the high school students aren't doing anything illegal in the picture, it's still making national headlines. No word on if the students have gotten in trouble at school.

At least one of the females in the picture is apologizing, telling KDVR “I was very uncomfortable with this whole situation and didn’t know what to say or what to do."

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  • Bri

    First, kids from colorado have no idea what the significance of this flag is. Ive seen kids in Idaho drive around rockin’ the confederate flag….they are all so far removed from the history it’s ridiculous. Second, perhaps they see it as a symbol of the ‘redneck’ not necessarily or southern pride. Colorado is not so southern. Next It is the “Battle Flag of Northern Virginia.” The 13 stars represent the 13 original colonies, and that the 13 states did not want to be part of the union. Essentially meaning “cross us out of your union” this lead to the succession and eventually the civil war. It has not racist, slavery, hatred or white supremacy….however it’s been used like that. Perhaps we need teachers to teach history to these kids.

  • Angela

    Geez!! Again I find myself saying learn your history correctly!! That is not a true confederate flag!! 13 stars is a battle flag which the south used but the north used one almost exactly like that. BUT the flag in that picture is nothing more then a battle flag!

  • LDV

    Why does everything always have to have a connection to racism! Geez! I agree with the other comments about knowing your history. On top of that it’s a flag that many many people fly in their vehicles, on their homes and a number of other places. As for the guns get over it! Heck I’ve got pics at a family gathering where everyone is holding a gun. Why? Because we spent the day target and skeet shooting. Everyone just needs to get over themselves and the media seriously needs to be held accountable for their reporting methods. All they seem to do these days is stir the pot so they can have more to report on.

  • Cheryl

    ” didn’t know what to say or do”…it’s called no you idiot. Colorado rocking the confederate flag…what do they even know about it? NADA. Ignorant.

  • Mimi

    I don’t understand why they would have a confederate flag in their picture. From what I know, Colorado wasn’t even a confederate state. So I’d be very interested to know what message they were trying to send with the flag and the gun/fingers pointed like guns.

  • Brian

    These are just silly high school kids. Who cares if they take a photo holding guns and a confederate flag? I doubt they’re planning some kind of rebellion against the government with their war flag and two guns.

    • miles (dave)

      amen i agree with you. i lived in the south for years and i miss and love a lot about it (granted i also love the west) and i own and display a confederate battle flag because of my love for the south. but even tho i have a understanding, respect and love for the culture for the flag it dosnt bother me at all to see these kids having fun with it,(and they dont have to be sons of the south to enjoy it) it would be better if they understood the culture behind it but if i didnt move to the south for as long as i did, even if i learned about the culture it wouldnt mean as much to me as it dose now that its part of me.

      by the way that flag has origins that mean something, but like with many things in the south depending on who you talk to that flag and many other things mean different things to different people, to some it is hate, to some its slavery, to some its a way of life, to some its the culture, to some its a symbol of home, to some its heritage, to some its gods country, it just depends on who you talk to.

  • Tiffany

    Why do people only say “they are exercising their right to free speech” when kids are stepping on the Flag for the U.S but, as soon as we see a pic of a this flag with kids holding it, the nation is in an uproar?

  • bob

    Fantastic idea, of only because it irritates liberals. I highly encourage other kids to do precisely the same thing.

    Don’t be sheep, kids! Be Americans, and ram it down the throats of anyone who doesn’t like it.

  • Rich63

    The most commonly misapplied term of the confederate flag is well explained below so I’ll skip that part. This is only a problem because white kids are doing it. The new black panther party is openly calling for the murder of whites and the Obama administration does nothing. Racism is encouraged not just accepted in America today. As long as its against white people.

  • suazo

    Slavery existed under the confederate battle flag for only four years. Slavery existed under the US flag for 120 years, after which the US flag continued to preside over Jim Crow for another 100 years. So if you are sorry because the confederate flag is supposed to be a symbol of slavery, then you should be absolutely crushed each time you hear the national anthem or pledge allegiance to the US Flag.
    Most of us would not feel that way about our national symbol despite all the evil that the flag has flown over; because we know that for all that is wrong in this country, there is much more good to be found, and a never ending opportunity to make it better.
    Just as our nation today, the old south had the same potential to cast off the bad and transform into something good. She also had many brave people willing to fight and die to give her that chance. That chance was never realized. That is what the confederate battle flag symbolizes. A lost cause that many valiantly fought and died for. For the four years that it flew, that is exactly what it stood for; Battle, and nothing more.

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