Florida high school, Kentucky employer back off

A high school principal in Florida and a contract employer in Kentucky this week
abandoned positions imposing bans on Confederate symbols, after intervention by
the SLRC in each case.

After receiving a letter from the SLRC, the principal of Mitchell High School
in New Port Ritchey (Pascoe County), Florida, informed a student’s mother
that the school’s ban on Confederate symbols would be lifted when school
begins next week. Last Spring school officials demanded that the female student
change out of a t-shirt with a small Confederate flag on the front because,
they said, it was “representative of racism.” Repeated attempts
by the mother to open a discussion with school administrators met with no success.
In a Monday e-mail the principal informed the parent that he had received the
SLRC’s letter and apologized for not having been in contact with her sooner.

The Mitchell High victory is especially significant because it occurred in
the Federal appellate courts’ notoriously anti-Southern Heritage Eleventh
Circuit. The SLRC is currently pursuing another school case in Lake County,

In Kentucky, the head of security at a Job Corps center in Morganfield told
contract maintenance engineer Rick Chennault that he would have to remove a
Confederate flag and Sons of Confederate Veterans bumper stickers from his pickup
truck or face termination. Chennault’s wife contacted the SLRC, and SLRC
Chief Trial Counsel Kirk Lyons in turn called the security officer. Later that
day the security officer informed Chennault that he was perfectly free to display
his Confederate symbols.

Chennault is the grandson of Gen. Claire L. Chennault, founder of the legendary
WWII fighter squadron “The Flying Tigers.”

“This sort of thing goes on more often than folks realize,” said
SLRC Executive Director Roger McCredie. Sometimes I think the heritage defense
cases we have in court get all the headlines and nobody pays much attention
to the ones we prevent.”