School raises Black Lives Matter flag, focuses on racism

2018-02-02 09:51
A demonstrator from the Black Lives Matter movement. (File, Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

A demonstrator from the Black Lives Matter movement. (File, Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

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Montpelier - A Vermont high school has raised a Black Lives Matter flag as part of a series of events on racism.

The student-led move, part of Black History Month, in the Montpelier school that is less than 5% black has sparked some backlash, but school officials say they've received overwhelming support from the community.

On Thursday, black students took turns raising the flag in a ceremony attended by students, staff and community members.

The Montpelier High School is believed to be the first public high school to raise a Black Lives Matter flag.

A similar flag that was raised at the University of Vermont in the fall of 2016 was stolen.

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