Newton North Principal: Students Wave Confederate Flag In ‘Deeply Troubling Incident’

NEWTON (CBS) – The principal at Newton North High School says several students drove around school grounds waving a large Confederate flag in what he called a “deeply troubling incident.”

In a letter to parents, Newton North principal Henry Turner said the incident took place Tuesday.

Turner told parents a “small group” of North students has been identified. They drove around the circle on Tiger Drive waving the large Confederate flag, Turner added.

Please know that we take this incident very seriously. Newton North is committed to creating a school community that is welcoming and inclusive for all. There are members of the North community who are deeply upset and hurt by the actions of these individuals. At North we strive to celebrate our diversity and create safe and supportive learning environments for all. Therefore, I look forward to working with our students and staff in working to repair and move forward from this incident.

The principal said that the school is “taking appropriate action,” but it is not clear what that includes.

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  1. mstarvin says:

    Is this a “hate” crime now? So blacks calling for the murder of whites is not a hate crime but a confederate flag is seriously troubling???

    1. Tom says:

      What are you talking about? I’ve not heard any blacks calling for the murder of whites. If they were doing so because the whites were white, then yes, that’s a hate crime. If they’re doing so because the whites are child molesters, then that’s perfectly acceptable to me.

      And yes, flying the flag of traitors is a provocation based exclusively on race. There’s no rebels with southern roots up here. Just racists.

    2. paul dowd says:

      Seriously troubling? No. Not to Trump supporters. Racial hatred is the new normal.

      1. mstarvin says:

        And of course a liberal POS like you doesn’t care when BLM calls for the killing of white cops…as a matter of fact you fully support them as does Obama…. Is there any hate crime investigation into BLM and their calls for violence against whites?? Of course not but a silly flag will get you shoved right into the hate crime box right…you are so messed up it is almost laughable.

  2. NEWTON MA USA MAYOR SETTI WARREN WHERE ‘BURN THE JEWS’ WAS HIDDEN UNTIL ANONYMOUS TIP OFF THREE WRITTEN AUCHWIYZ TYPE THREATS WERE REVEALED TO NEWTON PD…WHERE WAS SETTI WARREN? OFF AGAIN TO SAUDI WHERE HATE OF JEWS IS EVERY DAY…….SO NOW WE HAVE BURN THE JEWS A KKK TYPE FLAG AND WARREN JUST ADDS MORE PANIC BUTTONS INTO HIS OFFICE…
    INDEED IT NOW APPEARS ON INFO CORNEL WEST RESIDES IN NEWTON CALLS BIBI A WAR CRIMINAL….NEWTON IS GOING TO HELL BECAUSE NEWTON HAS NO LEADERSHIP WITH A BRAIN!

    1. Reason says:

      Use lowercase. No need to “SHOUT.” :-) Trump < brains.

  3. Reason says:

    First we had swastikas in the snow and anti-Semetic graffiti in the bathrooms. Now we have Confederate flags flying. There is something rotten in Newton. I smell the rise of Trumpism. Let’s beat it down on November 8th!

    1. THESE ACTS PREDATE TRUMP…..NEWTON MA USA HAS NO LEADERSHIP AND NONE WITH A BRAIN……A DAMN FOOL IN THE 2ND FL OFFICE WHERE MAYOR COHEN NEVER PERMITTED THE FERTILE SOIL OF HATE….SETTI WARREN AS MAYOR WENT IMMEDIATELY AFTER ELECTED TO THE LAND OF HATING JEWS…..SAUDI……TRUMP WILL BRING SANITY AND BRAINS EVERYWHERE…EVEN NEWTON MA

  4. paul dowd says:

    The rise of the Trump candidacy has encouraged a resurgence of overt racist expression into mainstream American life. Youngsters act out what they see in media. Racism is back and Trump and his followers want it to be embraced. Make America hate again.

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      I have a lot of trouble with this topic. I absolutely disagree that we can put all of this in Trump’s lap. Please go to Huffington and find a topic on the police. The liberal hate is about as revolting as it gets…far more revolting than this. I’d call it the support of vigilante justice but it is much worse. It is a feeding frenzy of the greatest proportion. It is impossible to point either right or left ….both are equally guilty. I’ll stay in the middle because I am liking Switzerland at the moment.

      1. Reason says:

        The Swiss were not so neutral with the Germans during WWII. Better choose another “neutral” country. :-)

      2. THE FAULT DEAR BRUTUS IS NOT IN THE STARS BUT MAN HIMSELF..
        ..
        NEWTON MASS HOME TO AMERICAN’S LEADING ANTI SEM,,,,’BURN THE JEWS’ PLASTERED REPEATEDLY ON SCHOOL PROPERTY,,,,HIDDEN FROM JEWISH PARENTS THE ROGUE NOT FIRED ; A NAZI TWISTED CROSS ON PUBLIC GROUNDS; A MAYOR WHO TRAVELS AFTER ELECTION TO ANTI SEM SAUDI THE MAYOR PLANTING PANIC BUTTONS AT THE HALL BY THE DOZEN AND KKK FLAGS FROM HIGH SPEED CARS,,,,,NEWTON HAS A MAJOR PROBLEM STUPIDITY OF THE DAMNEST MAYOR EVER,,,,,,,,AS ANTI SEM GROWS AND JEWS BEGIN TO REALIZE THEIR MAYOR IS INCOMPETENT …….GET REAL NEWTON MA….NOW!

  5. Ct says:

    Travel to other states and you will see the confederate flag everywhere. It’s horrible, but
    it may be protected under free speech.

    1. “The freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment must be accorded to the ideas we hate or sooner or later they will be denied to the ideas we cherish.”
      —Justice Hugo Black

      FREE SPEECH IS ONE OF THE 4 FREEDOMS RE NORMAN ROCKWELL…..THIS WAS NOT FREE SPEECH WHEN THE DECLARATION WAS BURN THE JEWS….THE PREDICATE TO ANOTHER AUSCHWITZ IN NEWTON MA….THEN THE FLAG OF THE KKK NOT DISPLAYED BUT VENTED IN A WARNING BY CARS IN FLIGHT….THE JEWS OF NEWTON BEST FORM A LINE AT NEWTON PD FOR LTC BECAUSE EVERY JEW TAKES THESE THREATS AS REAL…..WITH A MAYOR WITH NO BRAINS…..AS FOR THE CAPS EVERY USNAVY COMMUNICATION FROM THE TELEGRAPH TILL LAST YEAR INCLUDING 9/11 AND PEARL HAR HAD TO BE…..IN CAPS….
      NEWTON HAD LEADERS LIKE COHEN….THE FIRST ACT AS MAYOR WARREN OFF TO THE MOST ANTI SEM COUNTRY OTHER THAN IRAN……PLAIN STUPID AND NOW WE HEAR CORNEL WEST WHO RANTS BIBI A WAR CRIM HAS MOVED TO…….NEWTON…
      THESE WERE NOT FREE SPEECH………..THESE WERE THREATS…..

      1. Reason says:

        Per the caps: We are not in the Navy and etiquette is still etiquette on the internet. No need to shout. The problem is multi-fold: better education in tolerance (from parents and schools); more classes in critical thinking and how to detect fallacies in argumentation (e.g., appeals to authority, ignorance, emotions, etc.); etc. If you cannot see that there is a rise in hate in this country and that demagogues like Trump are fueling the flames, then your baloney detection kit needs to be re-calibrated (with credit to Carl Sagan).

  6. Jeff D. says:

    Don’t those people have a right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression?

  7. sigh says:

    “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

    1. WHY THE DUMBEST GET ELECTED:
      THIS WAS NO ONE FLAG USED BY THE KKK AS A CALLING CARD.
      THIS WAS A KKK FLAG WAIVING IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL AFTER THE THREATS TO BURN JEWS WAS WRITTEN ON SCHOOL GROUNDS AND KEPT SECRET COUPLED WITH A MAYOR WHO FIRST TRIP WAS TO A MUSLIM COUNTRY THAT CONGRESS TODAY MADE CLEAR SPONSORED TERROR IN THE 9/11 ATTACKS….NEWTON MASS IS A STATE OF MIND THAT LOST COMMON SENSE WITH AN ELECTED OFFICIAL WHO NEVER FIRED THE PUBLIC OFFICIAL THAT HID FROM MOM AND DAD THE REPEAT OF THE NAZI TREAT AND DEEDS…..WHEN SOMEONE THREATENS TO BURN JEWS AND WAIVES A KKK FLAG WITH A MAYOR WHO TRAVEL AFTER ELECTION TO A TERRORIST STATE WHERE WOMAN WHO ARE RAPED ARE LASHED,,,,,YOU NEED NOT REALLY NEED TO ASK WHY A NATIONAL ANTI SEM CORNEL WEST NOW LIVES……YES….IN NEWTON MASS…..WAKE UP NEWTON…..THIS TIME THE JEWS TAKE EVERY THREAT OF THE OVENS AS REAL AND REQUIRES RESPONSE BECAUSE NEVER AGAIN BEGINS IN SMALL WAYS UNTIL IN TIME THE DEATH CAMP TRAINS PACK 6000 SOULS A DAY FOR CREMATION WHILE ALIVE..WAKE UP!

      1. WHY NEWTON MA JEWS ELECTING WARREN ARE THE GREATEST ENEMY OF THE JEWS!

    2. bees_knees_6 says:

      Exactly why I have trouble with this topic. I do not think of the confederate flag as racist. It represents a dark part of our history but was flown at homes that spanned all states and not just confederate states. I have not read whether the intent of these kids was racist. But then with today’s current examples on both sides of the aisle I wonder why we should be surprised it if was.

      1. Reason says:

        Do we error on the side of being overly PC or do we error on the side of being overly insensitive? Tough one! I think of the Confederate flag as racist. Some people don’t like Collin Kaepernick’s kneeling during our National Anthem. I believe that he is making a valid comment and support him and others who do the same. A “United States” is still a long way off I’m afraid; sadly.

  8. jaegld says:

    “Therefore, I look forward to working with our students and staff in working to repair and move forward from this incident.” Well, this is troubling (from the principal). No wonder people are upset. What is the rush to ‘repair,’ and ‘move forward…”? Hardly time for that. How about let’s try to understand what happened, why, how widespread is the problem, who can we mobilize to address this problem? What I read was nothing but canned rhetoric that is an insult to all but the offenders. Appalling. This community needs to unite, and now. Do it for the kids, damn it! I’ll be there.

  9. Laura says:

    Let’s remember that the right to free speech apply s equally to speech you agree with and speech you may find disagreeable. Waving a confederate flag may make you uncomfortable, just like black power salutes and sitting for the national anthem may make others uncomfortable. Guess what, they are both acts of free speech and protected, so grow up, and get over it.

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