Mother sues SC Secessionist Party over Facebook photo involving her children, Confederate flags

Mother sues SC Secessionist Party over Facebook photo involving her children, Confederate flags
A confederate flag flies in downtown Charleston as part of a protest by the SC Secessionist party in February 2017 (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A mother has filed a civil lawsuit in Charleston County against the South Carolina Secessionist party over a photo that was taken at the Battery in downtown Charleston in June 2017.

Alicia Greene claims she was having a picnic in White Point Gardens with her 7 and 8-year-old children, both black, on the same day the party was holding a pro-flag rally in the park. The purpose of the rally was to, "Spreading the love to ALL our southern brothers and sisters", according to a party Facebook post cited in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states Greene's children went to admire a fire truck nearby at which point party members gave the children Confederate flags and took a photo of the children holding the flags without their permission.

Later that afternoon, the lawsuit states she was made aware that the party had posted the photo of her children holding the flags to the SC Secessionist Party Facebook page with the caption " #TeachTheYouthTheTruth" and "DixieRising".

Greene states she received enough backlash about the post that she was forced to take down her own Facebook page. The post was eventually deleted, but not before it had been public for more than one day, according to the suit.

The lawsuit states the personality of the children was misrepresented in the post. She is suing for defamation as well as punitive and actual damages.

Secessionist Party leader James Bessenger is also named in the suit.

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