Stephonn Alcorn, former GEHS student council president who in 2012 announced his 2036 Presidential candidacy, was blocked from following the Blazers twitter account this week.
The problem centers around a social media photo showing a Confederate flag hung by a student in Gardner Edgerton High School.
In 2012, Alcorn said he dedicated himself to becoming President when he was in third grade. “I read a book about JFK, and that kind of sparked the interest in my mind from there,” he said. “I decided I wanted to be President.”
Currently, he is a student leader at the University of Kansas. When reached by phone, Alcorn confirmed he had received a tweet that blocked him from following the @GEBlazers twitter account.
In Alcorn’s Jan. 23 tweet, he refers to a photo showing a Confederate flag draped over the rail in the GEHS commons, and says, “How can you tell black kids to get an education when they go and see this? @GEblazers disappointed in my alma mater.”
Alcorn then received a response from Gardner Edgerton HS @GeBlazers saying he had been blocked from following @GEBlazers tweets.
To this Alcorn responded: [email protected] is this how you address racism in your schools? By blocking and silencing the voices negatively effected? @KCStar.”
USD 231 officials declined comment on the matter; however, Leeann Northway director of community relations, issued the following statement to media: “Any alleged action outside the learning environment in any school building is examined and handled in an appropriate and professional manner by school administrators. In accordance with state law, student records are confidential to protect all students.”
Although officials did not address the specific issue or name student(s) involved,
comments posted with the flag photo on an area social media page by a man identifying himself as the student’s father, said his son’s decision to hang the Confederate flag was not meant to be disrespectful or offensive but rather was done as a way of expressing pride in his heritage. Making a poor decision, the man wrote, does not make his son a racist.