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Watch: Georgia High Schooler Faces Charges after Pride Flag Attack

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday September 7, 2021

In an incident caught on video, a Georgia high school student is facing charges, including simple battery and disorderly conduct, after grabbing a Pride flag from another student and knocking him down, and then tossing the flag into a garbage can, TMZ reports.

The incident occurred at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia.

In the clip, a young man wearing a black shirt runs up to the table where another young student is sitting with the Pride flag wrapped around him. The young man in the black shirt yanks on the flag, pulling the student off his chair and sending him to the floor. The black-shirted youth pulls the flag off the student on the floor as another student jumps up and attempts to intervene. The black-shirted youth breaks away, tosses the flag into a trash bin, then topples the bin. The black-shirted youth then appears to shove the student who attempted to stop him.

"The video has been making the rounds of social media and was investigated by school officials," local newspaper the Valdosta Daily Times reported.

Charges were filed for "disorderly conduct, simple battery and disruption of a public facility," the newspaper cited Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk as saying. "The Department of Juvenile Justice was called on the case, Paulk said," the article added.

"As soon as the Lowndes High School administration was aware, the matter was investigated, they ensured that the victim was not hurt and addressed the other student following the appropriate consequence outlined in the Student Code of Conduct," the newspaper quoted Lowndes High School assistant principal Rodney Green as saying.

""We take the well-being and safety of our students seriously. Our staff works hard to provide a safe environment where all of our students feel valued," Greene said.

Watch the video, which is embedded in the tweet below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.