Colorado High School Cancels Day Honoring America Because It Might “Offend Immigrants” (Updated)
Students at a Colorado high school are accusing officials of rejecting an effort they waged to honor the U.S. with a special day devoted to celebrating American heritage.
Parents and students spoke with conservative commentator Todd Starnes on condition of anonymity, telling him that their request for “‘Merica Monday,” an event during which they hoped to inspire fellow classmates to dress in red, white and blue was turned down by Fort Collins High School administrators over fears that some might be offended.
The students hoped the day could be integrated into next week’s Winter Spirit Week, but their dreams were reportedly dashed by school officials.
“They said they didn’t want to offend anyone from other countries or immigrants. They just really did not want to make anyone feel uncomfortable,” a student council member told Starnes.
Another student leader said, “They said they didn’t want to be exclusive to any other country.”
Taking these concerns into consideration, the students reportedly proposed an alternative: “My Country Monday.”
They changed the focus of the event to put it on individual students’ home countries, allowing everyone – even non-Americans – to participate. The students claim that this initiative was also banned.
“We were confused why we couldn’t do one day that was for America,” one of the students said.
A Poudre School District spokesperson responded this week to inquiries made by Starnes. While the school admitted to rejecting the initial “‘Merica Day” celebration, students and parents say the response doesn’t tell the whole story.
“Building administration met with the students to discuss the inconsistency of this day versus the other planned theme days including PJ day and Twin day,” read the statement. “The students then suggested changing the first day to ‘My Country Monday’ and administration agreed. This theme day allows students to showcase their pride in America and for international students, their country of origin.”
But Starnes said that parents and students told him the school district initially rejected “My Country Day” until the commentator began inquiring to learn more about the situation; they say it was reinstated Tuesday.
If liberals in America are offended by people honoring America, maybe they should move on to a country they find less offensive. On behalf of everyone who loves his country, let me just note: no one would miss them.
Update: By mid-morning, principal Mark Eversole had issued an email to parents apologizing over the fact that the school’s ban on “‘Merica Monday” had been seen as unpatriotic. As The Coloradoan noted, officials felt that “merica” was a slang term often – one that is “often used in a negative stereotypical way to describe life in the United States.
When the light shines on these liberals who feel perfectly comfortable pushing their left-wing agenda in the dark, they often become reasonable and start declaring that they were misunderstood. There’s a lesson there for Christians and conservatives who’re willing to hear it.