A WSB-TV Atlanta photographer was accused by Talapoosa police of provoking a group of black teenagers to burn a Confederate flag during a conflict over the school's use of the flag in association with the school's nickname, Rebels. But although some present at the scene told local police Edwin Jones had encouraged the students to make a more dramatic story, News Director Ray Carter says that videotape will prove Jones innocent.
Following publicity over the alleged provocation, some protesters visited the station.
"We met with the protesters," Carter said. "We had a good meeting. They went to their cars and went home. We are continuing to investigate this, and, if anyone has any evidence [incriminating Jones], we will deal with it."