A group of high school students from Parker, Colorado, is gaining a lot of unwanted media attention for a recent picture they took before their prom.
The controversial picture – which has since gone viral – features three boys and five girls, all dressed up in tuxedos and evening gowns, posing around a Confederate flag. While the male students are holding up the flag, the female students are either holding assault rifles or making gun gestures with their hands.
None of the students have yet been identified. However, a woman whose son posed in the picture broke her silence on the condition of anonymity and said that she was deeply offended.
“When he got out there he was surprised that guns were brought out and the Confederate flag was brought out,” she claimed. “There were other parents there fully supporting it and taking pictures.”
She believes her son made a mistake.
“I think in their immaturity they kind of think it is a cowboy thing, but to have parents feed into it and support it is really upsetting to me,” the mother added.
A female student who posed for the picture has also came forward to apologize for her actions.
“I was very uncomfortable with this whole situation and didn’t know what to say or what to do,” she said. “I don’t condone any of the actions that were in the picture and I don’t condone anything that has to do with the flag.”
The student’s father requested that Fox31Denver keep his daughter unidentified.
“It’s hard to say sorry when that’s the only thing that can come out of my mouth right now,” she added. “I feel like there should be a better word for it.”
While some are calling these teenagers “rebels without clue,” this photo highlights that American teens have a poor understanding of the country’s history.
A significant number of African Americans have a negative perception of the Confederate flag, as they relate it to a time of slavery and segregation, according to a history professor in University of Colorado-Denver. At a time when race relations between the black and white Americans is worsening – something people of both races agree is happenging – these incidents can have a big impact.