New Orleans principal ordered out of school after photo near Confederate flag: Image taken 'out of context'

Saturday, 01 July 2017, 12:39:06 PM. The principal of an alternative school in New Orleans was asked to leave his post this week after he was pictured standing near a Confederate flag the morning before the
The principal of an alternative school in New Orleans was asked to leave his post this week after he was pictured standing near a Confederate flag the morning before the city removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in downtown New Orleans.  Nicholas Dean, principal of Crescent Leadership Academy, confirmed Tuesday that he was told not to report to work for the next week or two after the photograph circulated on social media last weekend. The charter school serves students in seventh through 12th grades who have been expelled from other schools because of behavioral or other problems. The school's superintendent, Tracy Bennett-Joseph, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment but told nola.com earlier Tuesday that the school would be "investigating" the incident over the next two weeks. The picture, which drew immediate attention on Facebook, depicts Dean standing near a man holding a Confederate flag who was part of a crowd that had gathered in Lee Circle. Dean said the photo was taken about 2:30 a.m. Friday, long before the Robert E. Lee monument was removed that afternoon. When reached by phone, Dean said he was there because he thought the monument would be taken down in the night and he wanted to witness it happening.  He said he was there for just a few minutes and left once he saw there was no equipment in place to take the statue down. He insisted that the photograph was taken "out of context." "I went to see history in the making," Dean said. "And now I am...Read more
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