2021-09-13 16:31:52 UTC
School apparatchiks worry that an American Salute Honoring 9-11 Victims them
could "offend those who see 9-11 differently".
Why do we continue to put up with these people?
PARENT: "I would argue that many more people are offended by the decision t
ban the theme of wearing red white and blue. If there is one thing that ha
the potential to unite us all, it's that we are Americans."
That may be the problem. Thanks to Slow Joe's open borders policy, more an
more communities are filling up with people who are *not* Americans and th
bootlicking functionaries in our public schools want to keep them from bein
offended at all costs.
Students were ready to wear red, white, and blue colors to honor the live
lost on September 11, but school staff pulled the plug, concerned th
expression could be racially insensitive and offend some people.
At Eastlake High School in Sammamish, student leadership promoted a Patriot'
Day theme at a football game at Memorial Stadium against Rainier Beach. Th
game was previously canceled, then rescheduled to the day before the 20t
anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Students wanted to do something t
remember the tragic events, but staff intervened.
According to an email obtained by the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, the principa
said wearing those colors could "unintentionally cause offense to some who se
it differently". Students are upset and some parents now speculate schoo
officials thought their majority-minority opponents would be offended b
Eastlake High School students were not yet born when terrorists brought dow
the World Trade Center in New York City, attacked the Pentagon, and brough
down United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. But their lives-- and th
lives of every American-- were changed forever. Having a sense of histor
sometimes lost on young Americans, there was a student-led movement to hono
those lost during the worst terrorist attack in history. Students would sho
their pride wearing red, white, and blue clothing, but the themed event wa
canceled by Eastlake staff at the last minute. Students learned of th
decision Friday morning during announcements.
"At this point, I was fairly upset and confused as to why the theme wa
changed so I went around asking students in our leadership," one student tol
the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. "They had explained that red white and blue wa
going to be seen as racially insensitive and may affect people in a way tha
we will not understand and for that reason that we were to change our theme."
One mother emailed Principal Chris Bede to ask what happened. She was shocke
by the response.
"Our leadership teachers made this decision and explained it to students,
Bede wrote. "I know tomorrow is 9/11 and understand the sacrifice and value
our flag represents, but I think they just did not want to unintentionall
cause offense to some who see it differently."
Associate Principal Darcie Breynaert shared the same statement with anothe
parent who demanded an explanation. Neither Principal Bede nor distric
communications director Shannon Parthemer explain who would take offense o
why wearing red, white, and blue would be offensive to begin with. No on
would say. But to some, the implication is that either the Rainier Beach H
team or their fans wouldn't have context as to why the colors were worn. Tha
could somehow offend them.
"Since it was not a home game, there was no opportunity to have a
announcement about Patriot's Day and to share why students were dressed i
red, white and blue," Parthemer explained in a statement to the Jason Rant
Show on KTTH.
There were, of course, plenty of opportunities to make announcements. The
could have informed the school ahead of the game or made an announcement a
the stadium. According to a photo shared with the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH
the Rainier Beach team didn't have many fans in the stands anyway.
Parthemer tells the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH that there is no implicatio
toward the opposing team. She points to one unnamed staff member a
responsible for the decision to cancel the theme. "We have followed up with
the staff member on decision making processes," Parthemer said. She did not,
however, detail why the decision was upheld. Indeed, both the principal and
associate principal used the same coordinated language to explain the decision
before the game took even took place.
Emails reviewed by the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH show Bede seemingly taken by
surprise by the decision to cancel the theme. It was made by a different
staffer. But the announcement went to students Friday morning.
"I understand your perspective and was not looped into this conversation until
an hour ago," he tells a parent. "I do want to clarify that schools do not
have a right to ban students from wearing anything as long as it is not lewd,
vulgar, etc, and the theme of red white and blue definitely would not fit into
that category." In other words, it's the school's theme that was canceled.
Students could wear what they want if they so chose.
Eastlake students were not pleased and let various staff members know it.
Several students reached out to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. Ryan Ware is the
Eastlake senior class president and member of the football team. He said
students were eager to wear the red white and blue clothes and were
disappointed by the school administration's decision.
"We disagreed and were extremely disappointed. I couldn't believe their
reasoning," Ware explained to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. One other student
noted the hypocrisy on display. The school is about inclusivity-- just not
when it comes to representing the country?
"I was instantly upset and frustrated," one student emailed. "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 LWSD [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."
Another student told me he was eager to participate and show his pride in this
country and pay his respects but when he learned of the decision, he stayed
home. "I was fairly upset and ended up not attending the game... [it] was
really kind of [confusing] as to why the topic was so controversial that we
couldn't wear that clothing," the student said.
The parent sharing her exchange with Principal Bede told me she was "stunned"
by the decision. "There is always the potential that someone may be offended
by something but this decision baffles me," she wrote. "I would argue that
many more people are offended by the decision to ban the theme of wearing red
white and blue. If there is one thing that has the potential to unite us all,
it's that we are Americans."
That mother is not alone. On a Facebook page for Eastlake HS parents, several
expressed outrage and concern over the move. Some speculated over the intent.
"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