A group prom photo that features the Confederate flag and guns has caused a big controversy.
A prom photo by a group of students in Parker, Colorado has caused an uproar from students and parents alike.
In the picture, the Chaparral High School students surround a Confederate flag while two girls also pose with guns. While nothing done in the photo was illegal or broke school policy, the reasoning behind the photo baffles many.
A mother of one of the students shown in the picture anonymously spoke to FOX31 Denver about the controversy.
"When he got out there he was surprised that guns were brought out and the Confederate flag was brought out," the woman said. "There were other parents there fully supporting it and taking pictures."
The flag in the photo is a Confederate battle flag and is also part of the state flag of Mississippi. Some see the flag as a symbol of pride for the South, while others see it as a symbol for deep-rooted racism. The flag is known to be used as a symbol by some white supremacy organizations.
University of Colorado-Boulder ethnic studies professor Arturo Aldama released a statement on the controversial photo and what is represents. "The image is pretty disturbing, especially if they have real assault rifles in their hands," Aldama says. "Not to mention, the Confederate flag and its legacy of white supremacy, Klan violence and the Jim Crow South."
One of the students pictured in the photo released an anonymous public apology to FOX31.
"It's hard to say sorry when that's the only thing that can come out of my mouth right now," the student 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."