via EAG NEWS- JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Students at Jackson Hole High School are defying their school’s decision to cancel America Day for the sake of political correctness.
“It’s homecoming week and our school administration thought it was too ‘offensive’ to have an America Pride Day! So this is my kids answer to that!” parent Ted Dawson posted to Facebook with a picture of his kids decked out in patriotic attire.
“Where have we gone so wrong! I don’t care what race or religion you are, you live here, benefit from the schools, enjoy tax benefits or whatever – your (sic) an American or at least you better be!”
Dawson was among numerous parents who expressed support for students who decided to disobey school orders to cancel America Day as part of the school’s homecoming week.
Activities director Mike Hansen told the Jackson Hole News & Guide officials canceled America Day to ensure some students don’t feel “targeted and singled out,” though he did not explain which students might feel ostracized or why.
He news site points out that the district has a very large Latino population.
“Many different students could feel singled out,” Hansen said. “Maybe they moved here last week. Maybe they moved here last month.
“We’re trying to balance many different things here. We’re trying to be inclusive and safe, make everyone feel welcome,” he said.
Principal Scott Crisp told the News & Guide a student survey showed some students did not support America Day, despite the fact that most voted for it as the third most popular theme for homecoming week. Themes for other days included a lumberjack day, toga day, and school pride day, the Daily Caller reports.
“Three times as many students indicated that they were not in support of selecting the title ‘America Day,’” Crisp said. “I’m charged with looking at a school with 660 kids, and I have to ensure that all those kids feel part of a student body. Regardless of the name of the day, we want to ensure that activities of the week … bring our students together holistically as a student body.”
The plan was apparently to change the day to College Day, but many students obviously did not comply.
“The senior class and many juniors protested Activities Director Mike Hansen’s decision to put a stop to the tradition by wrapping American flags around their shoulders, sporting shorts with stars and stripes and even driving a diesel truck around the parking lot waving American flags after school,” the News & Guide reports.
And Dawson’s children were leading the charge.
“Dawson posted photos of his children adorned in maximal patriotic attire. His son Theo, a senior running back on the 5-1 Jackson Hole Broncs football team, wore above-the-knee American flag shorts and a shirt with a U.S. military motif. Stormy Dawson sported an American flag shirt, an American flag headband and a big U.S. flag as a cape,” according to the Daily Caller.
Ironically, school officials opted to change America Day to College Day, a celebration of what many students claim they can’t afford.
“What if you can’t afford college?” student Harry Burt, 17, questioned. “There’s a lot of kids here that can’t afford college. College is not an option for them. It’s more discriminatory.”
Others, like the New York Post, also weighed in on the issue.
“Hansen and other school officials wouldn’t say so outright, but it’s obvious the kids they feared offending were from the district’s large Latino population. And that makes the whole thing far worse,” the news site opined.
“Because the right response would’ve been to explain to those teens that they are Americans – as entitled to take pride in this nation and its flag as kids whose forebears have been here for generations. The flag stands for their freedom, their rights and their American dreams as much as anyone’s. You don’t get more ‘inclusive’ than Old Glory.”