PARKER, Colo. — A prom picture is stirring up controversy in Colorado.
A picture of students posing with guns and the Confederate flag is making headlines across the nation.
Although the high school students didn't do anything illegal, other students and parents are questioning the teens' logic.
“When he got out there he was surprised that guns were brought out and the Confederate flag was brought out,” said a mother of one of the students in the picture. “There were other parents there fully supporting it and taking pictures.”
The student's mother says she does not condone the behavior expressed in the photo.
“I think in their immaturity they kind of think it is a cowboy thing, but to have parents feed into it and support it is really upsetting to me,” she said.
One of the females in the picture apologized for her actions.
“I was very uncomfortable with this whole situation and didn’t know what to say or what to do,” the student said. “I don’t condone any of the actions that were in the picture and I don’t condone anything that has to do with the flag.”
The teen told KDVR that she was caught up in the moment.
“I feel everyone struggles with trying to do the right thing at the right time,” she said. “It was just difficult for me to voice that and stop what was going on.”
Rebecca Hunt, a history professor at the University of Colorado-Denver, told KDVR that although the flag has become a symbol of southern heritage, it is important to remember the other things the flag represents.
“I think we need to be very careful of what we choose as our symbols,” Hunt said. “A significant amount of black and white Americans have a negative reaction to it because they relate it to slavery and segregation.”