MENU
component-ddb-728x90-v1-01-desktop

School shut after Confederate flag-bearing truck gatherings

Students demonstrate in support of a Bay City Western High School student, who claims his Confederate flag was torn from his truck last week, Wednesday, April 18 2018, in Auburn, Mich. (Jacob Hamilton/The Bay City Times via AP)

Officials say a potential threat has forced the closure of a central Michigan high school where students parked their pickup trucks adorned with Confederate flags outside for two days.

Bay City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Bigelow tells The Bay City Times he has canceled classes Thursday at Bay City Western High after being informed about rumors that people planned to confront students.

WJRT-TV reports Bigelow said in a message to parents that the "unsubstantiated" rumors involved threats from outside the school district.

Six trucks flying or painted with the Confederate battle flag parked outside of the school on Tuesday and were joined by others on Wednesday, when they were met by a counter-demonstration against racism and bigotry.

The school is in Auburn, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off

Trending