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Mississippi state flags confiscated at Ole Miss game

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Controversy was brewing over the Mississippi state flag displayed over the weekend at the Ole Miss/Alabama game.

The University stepped in to take action, which caused quite a stir on social media. The Mississippi flag is no longer flown on the Ole Miss campus, but a 20 x 30 foot flag was unfurled at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday.

Others waved small flags showing their support, but they were all confiscated. 

"Ole Miss traditions are why people choose to go there so all you people that want to change everything there should establish your own school and leave this one alone," posted Joey Ward.

"Stop state taxpayer funding to any school or state entity that refuses to fly the state flag," wrote Marvin Clifford. "The majority of the people want it."

"I always thought it has been a long standing policy not to have flags because it impedes people from behind you seeing," said  Philip Schreck. "So I don't think they necessarily want to ban the Mississippi flag. They're just saying for everybody's enjoyment not to have things in front of them".

"It's pretty similar to what festivals do, music festivals. They go ahead they ban anything that could actually impede people's view and their enjoyment," said Jennifer Schrek. "So as long as they're not making a political statement of banning a political flag".

The University of Mississippi released this statement on the confiscation of signs and flags.

"According to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium policies, banners and poles are not permitted in the stadium, except for those approved by Ole Miss Event Management." 

Security personnel and ushers were instructed by officials in the Emergency Operations Center at the stadium to remove flags and signs that were raised, thereby obstructing the views of other fans. Banners and signs that violated the policy and had the potential to obstruct views were collected, regardless of the message on the sign. 

Security officials and ushers were instructed to inform those with banners, flags and poles that they would be asked to leave the stadium if they did not relinquish the items.

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