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MONTPELIER, Vt. – A Vermont high school has raised a Black Lives Matter flag for Black History Month as part of a series of events on racism and to ensure that black students are getting an equitable education.
The student-led move in the Montpelier school that is less than 5 percent black has sparked some backlash, but school officials say they’ve received overwhelming support from the community.
On Thursday, black students took turns raising the flag in a ceremony attended by students, staff and community members.
The Montpelier High School is believed to be the first public high school to raise a Black Lives Matter flag.
A similar flag flying at the University of Vermont in the fall of 2016 was stolen.