Confederate Flag Controversy

By: Brooke Thacker Email
By: Brooke Thacker Email

We've been following the story of Allen Central and David High Schools in Floyd County, Kentucky. Last month the county superintendent postponed a basketball game between the two teams because of tensions surrounding the flag.

Thursday night the teams played, but not without some ground rules. The game was closed to the public. Only coaches, players and their parents were allowed into the gym.

The controversy between the schools -- Allen Central faces losing the Confederate battle flag as a school symbol. Allen Central's teams are the Rebels, and the school uses the Stars and Bars as part of its school logo.

The controversy started because of a ball game between county schools. For Allen Central, this is the most talked about game this year.
The game was scheduled for last month but was postponed after some allegations of racial slurs toward a David player during last year's game between the two schools from Allen Central's fans.

Janet Stumbo is David's assistant basketball coach. She and head coach Ned Pillersdorf say team didn't want to play after last year's game. According to a statement from the coaches: "The David School basketball team voted unanimously not to play the game...the decision was made by all of our players."

David School principal Emma Kriz, however, say that's just not true. In a written statement she says: "I want to set the record straight, the David School's basketball team players never voted to boycott this game at Allen Central."

The final score of Thursdays game: Allen Central Rebels 95, David School Falcons 41.

The future of Allen Central's mascot, which has been around since the school was founded 35 years ago, is still up in the air. A site based decision making council is expected to vote on whether the Rebels can keep the Confederate flag as part of its identity. That vote is expected in mid-March.

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