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Students protest mural removal

This Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 photo provided by kboi2.com shows a mural that school administrators at Mountain Home High School In southern Idaho say has to be removed because its placement in a school parking lot violates school policy. About 100 students have started a protest amid concerns the
This Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 photo provided by kboi2.com shows a mural that school administrators at Mountain Home High School In southern Idaho say has to be removed because its placement in a school parking lot violates school policy. About 100 students have started a protest amid concerns the "Black Lives Matter" message of the art is the real reason officials want it gone. (AP / KBOI2.com)

MOUNTAIN HOME -- Students who want a Black Lives Matter movement mural to remain where it was painted on a high school parking space protested Wednesday against a superintendent's decision to remove it, while others who support the decision staged a counter-protest and waved Confederate flags.

The protests came after Moutain Home School District Superintendent James Gilbert said the mural's message is acceptable but that the high school principal made a mistake in approving murals painted on parking spaces.

"The issue has absolutely nothing to do with the content in the student murals," Gilbert said Monday. "The district does not allow students to paint parking lots with murals, just as we wouldn't allow students to paint lockers or desks"/Associated Press. More here.



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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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