Black Lives Matter flag returns to Vermont school flagpole

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont high school has raised back up a Black Lives Matter flag for the beginning of the school year.

U-32 Middle and High School in East Montpelier planned to put the flag back up last week underneath the U.S. flag, but the death of Republican Sen. John McCain led to the lowering of the U.S. flag to half-staff. Assistant Principal Jody Emerson tells the Times Argus if the Black Lives Matter flag was up at that time, the flag would have been brushing the ground because the U.S. flag was at half-staff.

Students had previously successfully lobbied the school board to fly the flag for the last two weeks of school in June. School officials are now debating a policy for the flag for the full school year.