Correction: This story originally contained additional video from a separate and unrelated Antioch High School as well – that video was removed. The main video of the flag incident remains.
Antioch, TN – Students from Antioch High School took advantage of the National Walkout Day and used it as an opportunity to tear down the American flag and jump on a police car (video below).
As thousands of students across the country silently walked out of classrooms to peacefully protest gun violence for 17 minutes in memory of those killed in the Parkland school shooting in February, hundreds of high school students in Antioch chose to riot and wreak havoc on their school.
Students captured disturbing video footage of their classmates accosting the flag pole, and pulling down the stars and stripes, while others cheered them on, and posted it to social media.
Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) officials told WTVF that some students jumped on a police car during the chaos.
Police said they were working to identify the students involved in those incidents, but no arrests have been made no citations issued thus far.
“Unfortunately, some students on our Antioch campus today chose to protest in ways that significantly disrupted school operations and threatened the safety and order for other students and staff within our school,” Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Public Information Officer Michelle Michaud said in a statement.
“Swift action was taken by school security and MNPD to address the situation. No students or staff members were injured during the walkout,” Michaud said.
She said that “inappropriate behaviors” contrary to the student code of conduct would be handled “immediately and firmly” by the administration and the police.
Watch Antioch High School students tear the American Flag off a flagpole in the video below: