- Associated Press - Monday, February 19, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Burlington High School is raising a Black Lives Matter flag just weeks after the Montpelier High School did the same.

The flag will go up Monday afternoon in a ceremony that is closed to the public.

The Burlington School Board voted unanimously last week in favor of allowing students to raise the flag after students presented a petition with more than 450 signatures.

Senior Eliza Abedi told WCAX-TV that black lives matter “means being heard, being seen, being acknowledged, being here.”

On Feb. 1, the Montpelier High School started flying a Black Lives Matter Flag in what officials said was a commitment to making the mostly white institution more inclusive. The student-led flag raising was part of a series of events at the school during Black History Month.

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