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Natrona County High School

The new east entrance of Natrona County High School is pictured in August. 2016. School officials are investigating a report that students with Confederate flags painted on their vehicles chanted "the South will rise" in a parking lot. 

Natrona County High School officials are investigating a report that a group of students chanted “the South will rise” after school on Tuesday in trucks that had Confederate flags painted on them.

Leila Fox, a sophomore at the high school, said she saw the students chanting in their parked trucks on Walnut Street after school. She said she called school administrators and told them what was happening and that she was “appalled” by what she saw.

“I know multiple African Americans parked over there,” she said, adding that she saw at least three students chanting.

A spokeswoman for the Natrona County School District confirmed that the high school is investigating the incident after it received a call. It’s unclear if Fox’s call was the only one made to the high school.

After high school administrators received the call, they walked outside to try to see if the chanting was still happening, spokeswoman Tanya Southerland said. It wasn’t, but officials will review security video to try to identify those involved.

It’s unclear what consequences students would face for the chants or for displaying Confederate flags. Southerland said it could fall under bullying, harassment or a disruption to the learning environment. She said that would become clearer after the investigation was concluded.

“What I can say is that no matter what, it’s absolutely a disturbing event that’s upsetting to the campus and the students there,” Southerland said.

She said the district would provide more information on Wednesday.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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