South GA students told to remove BLM signs during 'Generation Day'

South GA students told to remove BLM signs during 'Generation Day'

TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - A post featuring two Tift County High School students spread rapidly across social media Wednesday morning.

According to the post made by Audreyanna Lawson, she and her sister were asked to take off signs they were wearing as part of "Generation Day", which was being held as part of Homecoming Week for the school.

The girls were wearing signs bearing the names Kendrick Johnson and Tamir Rice, both young African American boys whose deaths made national headlines.

Kendrick Johnson's body was found in a rolled-up gym mat inside Lowndes High School in 2013.

Along with their names, the signs included how the boys died, their birth and death dates (it was noted that the death date for Tamir was incorrect on the sign) and the phrase "#BlackLivesMatter".

The Director of Communication for Tift County School, Stacey Beckham, said the girls were not sent home.

She said they were brought in from the hallway and asked if there was something happening locally that was bothering them that prompted them to wear the signs.

Beckham also stated that the posters were "distracting" other students in the classroom, and it is against school dress code policy to wear distracting clothing.

The girls were asked to remove the signs, and the signs were kept in the principal's office, according to Lawson.

Beckham said no disciplinary action was taken.

The original post by Lawson had over 1.4K reactions and 819 shares at the time this article was written.

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