Confederate flag included in Veterans Day assembly at Tumwater middle school

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The Tumwater School District is apologizing after a Confederate flag was included at a Veterans Day assembly at a middle school in Tumwater.

The racially charged symbol was used Thursday in a student program about the chronological history of flags, and an African-American student ended up holding it, The Olympian reports.

“As part of that program, one of those flags was a Confederate flag and one of the two students holding the flag was a student of color,” Tumwater Superintendent John Bash told the school board on Thursday night, The Olympian reports. “This leadership student was not assigned to this specific flag, but the student holders got out of order during the program.”

It happened at Bush Middle School, which is named after one of the first settlers in the South Sound and one of the first black landowners in Washington, pioneer George Washington Bush.

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