SPARKS, NV - A rally organized by text message prompted Reed High School students to walk out of class Friday. Their protest is in response to the rumored burning of a Mexican flag by classmates on Cinco de Mayo. School administrators say the incident never happened. “People say things to incite things,” says Principal Mary Vesco. “There was no flag burning at all.”
Vesco says a heated argument was spurred by students who wore American flag themed outfits to school on Cinco de Mayo. That confrontation is still under investigation, and Vesco says inappropriate action will be addressed. At today’s rally, students said classmates who used racial slurs had not been punished, and called on the school to act.
After a peaceful demonstration, some students returned to class while others continued to march along Baring Boulevard. Administrators say the students who did not return to class will face the usual consequences for skipping school. When confrontations began to emerge between demonstrators and passing motorists; administrators, along with School and Sparks Police were there to keep things under control.
Principal Vesco says the school does not have a noticeable problem with racial tension, but she plans to use this as a learning experience, contacting parents with a connect-ED call tonight.
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