Earlier this month on July 6, a group of white supremacists in Hanover, gathered outside the county courthouse with signs and attire supporting the Ku Klux Klan in a rally. They also in doing so, were waving Confederate flags.

On Thursday, at the Bedford School Board’s July 11 regular meet, citizen and parent Jessica Taylor, voiced her concerns about this rally, and compared to the incident at Jefferson Forest High School involving the Confederate flag earlier this year in a continued effort by Bedford parents to have the flag permanently banned from in any way being worn or displayed in Bedford schools.

“I thought to myself, in 2019, we have people waving Confederate flags by courthouses,” Taylor said. “Then I thought to myself, when is our county going to step forward, make a difference and set a standard.”

Since the incident at Jefferson Forest, numerous parents, faculty and staff have addressed the school board in its regular meetings during the year, pushing for the flag to be banned.

“Recently there have been investigations and grievances that have been filed that come back and show no correlation and no racism,” Taylor said. “What needs to happen?”

-For more information, see the July 17 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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