Viral prom picture with Confederate flag and guns causes controversy

A Colorado high school prom picture is stirring up controversy.

The picture of students isn't illegal, but the posing with guns and the Confederate flag has drawn national attention.

"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, who spoke to FOX31 in Denver exclusively on the condition of anonymity. "There were other parents there fully supporting it and taking pictures."

The student's mom says she doesn't condone the behavior and that her son made a mistake. She says the picture was taken at a home in Elizabeth.

"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.

In a statement, University of Colorado-Boulder ethnic studies professor Arturo Aldama said, "The image is pretty disturbing, especially if they have real assault rifles in their hands. Not to mention, the Confederate flag and its legacy of white supremacy, Klan violence and the Jim Crow South."

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