By The Associated Press
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont public school board has voted to fly the Black Lives Matter flag at a high school.
The Rutland Herald reports that the Rutland City Public Schools Board of Commissioners reaffirmed the plan during a vote Tuesday.
In this Tuesday, April 9, 2019, photo, Noah White listens to public comments during a Rutland City School Board meeting about raising a Black Lives Matter flag on the high school’s campus in Rutland, Vt. The Rutland Herald reports that the Rutland City Public Schools Board of Commissioners reaffirmed the plan during a vote Tuesday. (Robert Layman/The Rutland Herald via AP)
Board member Kam Johnston says he moved to rescind the board’s previous decision to raise the flag to allow for more student input and address concerns. Students at Rutland High School had initiated the effort to raise the flag and brought it to the board.
The Black Lives Matter flag will fly at the school for 400 days starting April 12 to mark 400 years since the British slave trade started in the Americas.
People opposed to flying the flag say the board shouldn’t be taking a political stance and that the flag may be divisive.
Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/