Dept. Of Education Plans To Investigate Arizona High School’s ‘Redneck Day’

AP

The U.S. Department of Education plans to investigate a “Redneck Day” celebration at an Arizona high school that caused a stir among civil rights activists, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Back in May, a student at Queen Creek High School wore a Confederate flag on “Redneck Day,” which was part of the school’s “spirit week.” The student was asked to change his clothing, according to the school’s superintendent.

The DOE’s Civil Rights office said that the investigation “will be limited to whether a racially hostile environment was created due to language and actions that were not protected by the First Amendment” in the case of the Confederate flag, according to the AP.

Correction: This post has been updated to show that the Associated Press, not the Arizona Republic, reported on the Department of Education’s plans to investigate “Redneck Day.” The headline has been changed to reflect that the the report indicated the department planned to investigate. It was unclear when the investigation would begin.

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