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Is Fox Starting A Confederate War Now ?

Reported by Deborah - December 30, 2004

Let's hope this is an isolated case but tonight on H&C there was a report of a Kentucky teen, Jacqueline Duty, who was prevented from going to her high school prom because her dress was designed to look like a Confederate Flag. Mike Gallagher was full of disbelief as young Jacqueline told her story with her lawyer, Earl Ray Neal at her side who filed a suit today in a Kentucky court.12/30/04

According to Jacqueline,she had dreamed of wearing this dress to her prom for four years because she is proud of her heritage and the 623,000 people who died during the Civil War fighting for their beliefs.She also noted that a girl's senior prom and her wedding day are the two most important in her life and she was very sad.

Mike Gallagher expressed outrage that she was treated like a criminal just for expressing her Southern pride adding that people have this knee jerk reaction about slavery because they're uneducated about the true meaning of the flag.Gallagher asked lawyer Earl Ray Neal if the ACLU was taking the case and he replied with relief that they have a Southern legal aid group working on it although the ACLU offered.

As always, there is more to the story than reported on H&C. The girl and her date were met in the parking lot by the principal and police before she entered because they knew about the dress. The night before, the principal requested that she not wear it because it was going to be disruptive. Also, a google search revealed that other kids were there with confederate paraphenalia awaiting her arrival so maybe this political statement was part of a bigger plan.The dress was not the issue because it was simply red with a slim confederate sash. In fact,without any pre prom buzz, the dress would have been ignored.Also, after she was denied entry, she stayed in the parking lot dancing to the radio with her date.

Earl Ray Neal claimed that this probably hurt her chances for a scholarship since she had a 3.9 average putting her at the top of the class. He seems to think the case is important enough to bring in front of a jury.

comment: It's pretty hard to feel badly about Jacqueline Duty missing her prom while the tsunami death toll today exceeded 100,000.
Talk about frivolous lawsuits.Please, this girl was warned by her principal and she chose to break the rules which is fine, but be willing to pay the price.Also, scholarships are decided way before prom night so that's an erroneous charge.
Frankly, I was repulsed by the whole thing and yes, I have a knee jerk reaction to the confederate flag. Didn't little Jacqueline Duty say that she wanted to honor the people who died for their beliefs during the civil war. What beliefs are you referring to, Jacqueline? I hope this isn't going to be the start of the "Confederate War" on Fox.I don't think I can take it.

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