#EricSheppardChallenge has participants walking, dancing on American flag

Erica Walker posted video of her performing the #EricSheppardChallenge via Instagram a few days ago.

As racial tensions, protests and conversations about patriotism continue to dominate the nation's media outlets, a new flag-related challenge has gone viral via social media. 

Being touted as the #EricSheppardChallenge, the trend involves stomping or walking on an American flag and then posting images or video of the act online. 

The social media act shares its name with Valdosta State University student Eric Sheppard, a student protestor who gained national attention last month before fleeing the Georgia campus after being described as "armed and dangerous" by university authorities after a gun registered to Sheppard was found in a backpack near the campus library.

During an initial protest last month, things on the normally rather quiet VSU campus took a boisterous turn when Air Force veteran and former Playboy model, Michelle Manhart, was banned from the campus after taking an American flag from a group of demonstrators, led by Sheppard, who were walking on it.

After video of the incident involving Manhart went viral, Sheppard became a notable figure both locally and nationally, garnering attention, support and criticism from social media users nationwide. 

While some post photos and videos of the challenge, others have adopted the same hashtag to post in opposition. 

Erica Walker posted video of her performing the #EricSheppardChallenge via Instagram a few days ago.

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