KMTV 3 News Now reported that a flag – half American and half Confederate was hung up by a worker on one of the cell phone towers nearby Millard West High School on Saturday.

The worker, who claimed to be an employee of Iconic Communications, didn’t want to be interviewed but said that he hung up the flag on whatever cell tower he’s working on.

“Yeah, normally it gets everybody’s attention and everything,” the worker said.

He also said that his great grandfather fought in the Civil War, to him the flag is an ode to that.

That cell tower, however, just happened to be close to Millard West. Students saw the flag and were caught off guard.

“That’s standing for something that’s not appropriate at all,” one student hanging out on school grounds said.

“It was a little weird. So I’m doing my lessons and I noticed there’s some guys up there and they’re putting up a flag and it was a Confederate flag which is a little off,” Tom Koziol, a Millard West tennis coach, said.

“I’ve had three parents come and talk to me because they thought that it was something the high school was doing cause it’s right by the high school. But it’s not high school property, it’s not their land. It’s all the cell tower stuff,” Koziol added.

The cell tower worker said that while some people saw the flag as a negative thing, for him it’s not about hatred, it’s about heritage. 

“Iconic Communications will not stand for any acts of racism or bigotry of any type and I can assure the public that we will address the employees conduct as soon as all of the facts have been received,” Iconic Communications said in a statement.

People online don’t necessarily believe this showing of the flag represents anything negative, KMTV 3 News Now reported.

“Please tell me someone is offended, I’m offended that they are offended by the flag.” one person said online.

After KMTV spoke to some of the workers, they decided to take the flag down while they finished their work.

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