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Game Forfeited Over Rivals' Confederate Flag

September 14, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A Chicago charter school with an overwhelmingly black student body forfeited a scheduled football game because the host team has a Rebel mascot who carries a Confederate flag.

Now the state's high school association says it will investigate.

The team from the Longwood Campus of Chicago International Charter School was scheduled to play at Southern High School in the western Illinois town of Stronghurst.

Illinois High School Assn. Executive Director Marty Hickman called the flag's use insensitive and inappropriate and said the association would investigate.

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