Black clothing prompted an increased police presence at Collierville High School Wednesday.
Instead of dressing up in patriotic clothing for the schools “America Day,” students wore black to make a statement.
A spokesperson with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office told FOX13 extra deputies were on campus as a precaution because there were rumors of an after school fight. Collierville Police were also on campus, but the Collierville High School did not call any police.
Students who wore the black clothes say the rumors were unfounded, and that the decision to dress in black was just a statement.
“We all wore black because black lives matter,” said Artavious Morris.
It was a quiet statement that provoked a loud response.
When students, like Artavious, Brennan, Sami, and Jordan got out of school, they were surprised by the amount of police outside.
“After school they thought we were going to have a riot with the other students. And they had extra police officers, security guards and everything after school. We couldn’t even take a picture up the street, they followed us…everywhere, legit everywhere,” said Morris.
“It wasn’t even called for because we mess with the white people,” said Sami Thames.
The students Caucasian classmates had mixed reactions.
“I know some white kids that said we support y’all, I thank y’all for wearing black,” said Thames.
Others were not supportive at all.
“We said we were going to be the bigger person about it,” said Thames. “Some dude [on Twitter] said, tell the police to shoot us. And some dude put the Confederate flag up. It doesn’t bother us at all, we just live on.”
Group planned to protest National Anthem at Collierville High School football game
A group people planned to take a stand by taking a seat at Collierville High School.
FOX13 learned a group planned to protest the National Anthem during the Collierville High School football game Friday night.
However, it appears that group did not follow through with the plan. FOX13 went to the game and did not observe anyone protesting the anthem.
It was planned as a Black Lives Matter peaceful protest, but would not officially be associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The group planned to wear all black and sit, “In solidarity with black athletes across the country.”
This comes as some professional athletes have chosen to protest the anthem.
A group of Collierville High School students wore all black during “America Day,” a homecoming event this week where students were encouraged to wear patriotic gear.
Extra deputies from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office were brought in to ensure school dismissal was peaceful that day.
FOX13 learned a group of students at Houston High School also wore all black to school in protest this week.