Federal appeals court panel supports Tenn. school's confederate flag ban

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A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in favor of a Tennessee school system that banned the clothing that displayed the Confederate battle flag because of concerns the symbol could inflame racial tensions at a high school.

Students Derek Barr, Chris White, Roger Craig White and their parents said in a lawsuit their free speech rights were violated by the 2005 flag ban at William Blount High School in Maryville, about 15 miles south of Knoxville.

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