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Washington High School Scraps Plans for Patriotic Attire During 9/11 Tribute, Says it Could Be Seen as ‘Racially Insensitive’

Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington, canceled plans for students to wear patriotic attire on 9/11 over concerns that wearing red, white and blue could be perceived as “racially insensitive.”

Plans for students to dress in a Patriot’s Day theme for a football game at Memorial Stadium were scrapped at the last minute over complaints by an unnamed staffer.

Though some students still dressed up, it was not endorsed or supported by the school.

In an email from Principal Chris Bede obtained by KTTH, he stated that the colors could “unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.”

“Our leadership teachers made this decision and explained it to students,” Bede wrote. “I know tomorrow is 9/11 and understand the sacrifice and values our flag represents, but I think they just did not want to unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.”

Multiple students expressed dismay over the decision.

“At this point, I was fairly upset and confused as to why the theme was changed so I went around asking students in our leadership,” one student told the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “They had explained that red, white, and blue was going to be seen as racially insensitive and may affect people in a way that we will not understand and for that reason that we were to change our theme.”

Another student said, “I was instantly upset, and frustrated. If Eastlake is all about including everyone’s beliefs and being together as a ‘family,’ then why are we being told we can’t represent the country we live in? I have seen other [Lake Washington School District] football teams that held a flag or did some sort of memorial recognition towards 9/11, but apparently we weren’t allowed to even wear USA colors.”
trollslayer · 46-50, M
Wearing the US flag on a garment other than a patch on a uniform is in violation of the US flag code. Then again, the Trumpies never cared about that.
tindrummer · M
[@494950,sunsporter1649] how many times are you going to use this in this thread? - desperate for attention?
sunsporter1649 · 70-79, M
[@400948,tindrummer] It's your flag, wave it high
Budwick · 70-79, M
[@400948,tindrummer] Tin-dick - do you find the truth unsettling?
wildbill83 · 36-40, M
wear it anyway, and if they're punished, the parents could easily win a class action lawsuit against school...
nonsensiclesnail · 46-50, F
Didn’t want to offend anyone and by doing so offended a ton of people.

“The leadership and equity team decided that since it was against a predominantly Black team they did not want to ‘unintentionally cause offense to some who see (our flag) differently,'” one parent speculated.

Another parent responded to the speculation, calling out the school’s possible motive.

“Sounds presumptive and condescending to me — in fact, probably racist,” the parent said.”
weird.. but people's insanity doesn't surprise me anymore.. so much bs
Blondlee · F
Unreal isn't it? I live near Sammamish and sick of people being overly sensitive like this.
MarkPaul · 22-25, M
This is an opinion piece written "by Newsman" on a site that promotes Q-Anon rhetoric and designed to feed into the anger of idiots. It's probably not even sourced in your own country.
Carla · 61-69, F
[@494950,sunsporter1649] and yet, students that chose to wear the colors were able to do so.
Hmmm....another case of faux outrage.
sunsporter1649 · 70-79, M
[@548295,Carla] Seems the students told the principal where to get off
MarkPaul · 22-25, M
[@494950,sunsporter1649] You probably also believe eating a high sugar breakfast cereal is part of a nutritious diet because it's written on the side panel of the cereal box.
strictgram · 70-79, C
The leftists are everywhere.
How about a confederate flag shirt ? would the school board be happy with that ?
[@400948,tindrummer] OK - so you are ok with the American flag that the school board finds racially insensitive. Got it...
tindrummer · M
[@760047,MarmeeMarch] Yes. Are you?
[@400948,tindrummer] I'm OK with it.
MotherHubbard · 56-60, F
Could even be emboldening gun toting fascists in the student body.
The nation has a problem with fascists that it won't address
BigBulge · 41-45, M
It's always appropriate to wear red, white, and blue.
It has nothing to do with race...
tindrummer · M
Obviously ill-advised and over-the-top.
carpediem · 61-69, M

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