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Unauthorized petition gets teen suspended

Krista Abram, 16, a junior at Tarpon Springs High School, was suspended for passing a petition seeking to ban the Confederate flag from student clothing and personal items. Krista moved from Pittsburgh last fall and has been stunned at how prominently and casually students display the Confederate flag. She acknowledges she did not go through the proper channels to circulate the petition, but she and her mom think a 10-day suspension is over the top.

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A student vehicle leaving Tarpon Springs High School displays Confederate flag stickers. A junior at the school recently sent around a petition seeking to ban the flag's image from students' belongings.

Krista Abram, 16, sits in the living room of her apartment where she lives with two brothers and their mother. Krista is a Tarpon Springs High School junior who has been suspended for 10 days for circulating a petition requesting that symbols that might be seen as racist be banned.

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