- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

PAYETTE, Idaho (AP) - A depiction of the Confederate flag at a high school has been permanently painted over after a previous cover up began to fade, sparking criticism from neighbors.

Payette High School Principal Mark Heleker said the flag was painted last year and titled “Murica” by seniors wanting to show their rebellious nature, KBOI-TV reported .

“It’s a tradition at Payette High School for our graduating seniors to paint the parking lot — leave something for people to remember them by,” Heleker said. “And that’s why it was painted.”

The school left the flag until January, when neighbors complained that the image was less about rebellion and more about hate speech.

But since January the flag as begun to remerge from beneath the white paint and neighbors are again complaining about the symbol.

“The covering had not been dark enough or thick enough and I guess the weather had worn it off,” Heleker said.

The flag has once again been covered and Heleker said it should not remerge again.

Though some people view the Confederate flag as offensive, not all neighbors do.

“Whenever I see the Confederate flag I think it’s a redneck thing,” said Sam Alwes, of Payette. “Rednecks hang it in the back of their pick up, hanging in there house — I don’t think of it as against African Americans.”


Information from: KBOI-TV, https://www.kboi2.com

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