Arizona

Jul 26, 2013 2:06 PM by Associated Press

Feds to investigate 'Redneck Day' at Ariz. school

PHOENIX - 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.

The Rev. Jarrett Maupin says the DOE will "determine the remedy, including moderating conversations between school administrators and civil rights community leaders to shape new policy and racism prevention measures."

The DOE's Office for Civil Rights says "the display of the Confederate flag concerns rights protected by the First Amendment."

But it also says in a letter that the investigation's scope "will be limited to whether a racially hostile environment was created due to language and actions that were not protected by the First Amendment."

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