Do school officials in Sampson County, North Carolina, take their orders from Pär Blondell? On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks in which 2,974 innocent people died, students at Hobbton High School have been forbidden to wear American flags as part of their clothing — no pins, no shorts, nothing. Why, because school officials didn’t want to show favoritism:
The superintendent of schools in Sampson County calls the situation unfortunate, but says educators didn’t want to be forced to pick and choose which flags should be permissible.
So it’s impermissible for American students to display American flags at an American school to commemorate the day so many of their countrymen were murdered? You’re putting the American flag on the same level as Soviet Union’s or the Nazi’s? I can see banning those; what they stand for is hateful. How about al-Qaeda’s? They carried out the attacks, after all. But to forbid students from wearing their own country’s flag in honor of the dead and in defiance of our enemies? Are you so afraid of offending someone that you’d rather suppress your students rights to free speech? Are you so trapped in a politically correct straightjacket that you’ve lost all perspective?
Is simple patriotism wrong?
(hat tip: Blue Crab Boulevard)
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