The U.S. Department of Education plans to investigate a controversial "Redneck Day" celebration two months ago at an Arizona high school.
One Queen Creek High student wore a Confederate flag during the May 1 event. Civil rights activists say that created a racially hostile environment.
Back in May, The Arizona Republic quoted one of the critics, the Rev. Ozetta Kirby, pastor of Holy Trinity Community AME Church in Mesa and vice president of the East Valley chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
“I’m sitting here crying and praying,” said Kirby, whose grandson Marcus Still is a 16-year-old junior at the school.
“This thing really got to Marcus,” Kirby said. “When you’re in 11th grade, that can break you down and make you feel at the bottom rung of the whole society, where everybody is being jubilant. No kid should have to go through that. We all know the connotation of ‘redneck.’”