A high school student in Chapel Hill, N.C. sparked a school-wide discussion about race after posting a photo to Instagram of two girls holding and waving Confederate flags with the caption “South will rise,” television station WTVD reported on Monday.
According to the station, East Chapel Hill High School confirmed that the photo was taken a few weeks ago during a school field trip to Gettysburg.
The school reportedly dealt with the student who had posted the photo but didn’t disclose what actions it had taken. The district’s superintendent also reportedly issued a letter to teachers about the situation and how to integrate conversations about race and discrimination into the curriculum.
The photo, which garnered 60 likes, was deleted from Instagram and the student issued an apology via her account, WTVD reported.
“I’m sorry my photo was so offensive but I find it appropriate in that I’m honoring heroes that fought to protect their home and families,” the student wrote, according to the station.
WTVD did not identify the individual who reportedly posted the photo.
The station also noted that one comment left below the original photo read: “Already bought my first slave.”
Below is the alleged post: