A peaceful vigil against gun violence turned into chaos at Eaton High School in Fort Worth, Texas, after several pro-gun students waved Confederate flags on April 17.
About 100 students were demonstrating and honoring the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, notes the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The student-led event went awry when pro-gun students waved the Confederate flags in front of their black classmates.
One of the black students, Jordan Vine, grabbed the pro-slavery flag, stepped on it and said: “We don’t stand for this here.”
A white male student told Vine not to step on the Confederate flag.
Vine, who organized the “Eaton Walk Out” event, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “People came with the intention to disrupt.”
After the flag incident, all hell broke loose.
Despite the chaos captured on video, the Northwest school district said there is no threat to safety at Eaton.
Daniel Segura, spokesman for the Fort Worth police, said there were no arrests: “It was a student assembly that apparently got very vocal.”
A 16-year-old student named Abbee gave a more accurate description of the incident:
I do hope that there will be more unity within Eaton High School. I couldn’t keep count of how many. I just remember being out there and seeing so many people just fighting and that’s not what we wanted. We wanted to peacefully protest; and recognize everyone who has lost their lives to gun violence. I will NOT be a statistic. We will not stand down until there is a change.
There is a National School Walkout against gun violence in schools planned for April 20.
(Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
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