The Royse City Independent School District published a letter Wednesday evening addressing recent reports of a student wearing a Confederate flag as a cape.
Dallas WFAA-Channel 8 broke news of the incident, which occurred late-April, in a news segment earlier this week.
Superintendent Kevin Worthy released a statement through the district’s Facebook page Wednesday, addressing two separate incidents that “demanded” the district’s attention
“One incident involved a student on campus wearing a confederate flag. The flag was confiscated and the student received consequences in accordance with board policy,” Worthy stated in a letter addressed to the Royse City ISD community.
“The second involved a vehicle that exited the high school parking lot and yelled a racially insensitive phrase towards a professional broadcast crew. Identification of the subject(s) is underway and discipline, if at all possible, for this off campus action will occur.”
Worthy emphasized that the district will take actions to work with the community to make sure that racism is not condoned on school campuses. He also wrote that the district plans to include diversity and sensitivity training as part of that effort.
“Racism in any form is disgusting, abhorrent and embarrassing for myself, the school board and this school district,” he wrote. “We are going to work together with all of our community to ensure that racism isn’t condoned, accepted or tolerated in any form.”
Ericka Ledferd, newly elected president of the League of United Latin American Citizens in Rockwall County, released a statement Wednesday afternoon. Nationally, the league is the oldest surviving Latino civil rights organization in the country.
Ledferd said she had heard from multiple civil rights activists from around the Dallas-Fort Worth area regarding incidents involving the Confederate flag at the high school.
Before her involvement in local politics and civil rights activism, Ledferd was the ESL coordinator and teacher at Royse City High School. Though she is no longer a school district employee, she still has children who attend schools in the district.
In a statement emailed to the Royse City Herald-Banner, Ledferd urged school leaders to create policies that will provide more opportunities for students and staff to learn about cultural diversity.
“The incident occurred at Royse City High School should teach us that nationalism offers no real solutions to the complex challenges we face in our society,” Ledferd wrote in her statement.
“Let us care about our particular history and still care about the individual history of others. Let us care about our community, and our families, and respect the diversity of others.”