Jackson Hole High School in Wyoming cancelled “America Pride Day” and renamed it “College Day” because they didn’t want to”offend” some of their students or make them feel “not included.” America Pride Day was a traditional homecoming theme. That’s when the students took matters into their own hands.
Canceling a tradition
The students had voted for the name, and it came out the 3rd most popular choice. So many of them decided to wear patriotic clothing or drive around with American flags flying high from the back of a diesel truck. And even some of the parents weren’t happy and took to social media to make their opinion known.
One Facebook post said, “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! 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 an American or at least you better be!”
The Jackson Hole News and Guide wrote,
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.
Hansen said he was worried the event made some students feel shut out.
Parents took to social media to show their support for the civilly disobedient students and disparage the school’s “political correctness.”…
Hansen said he wasn’t against the school supporting patriotism, but after meeting with the student council and hearing comments he saw that a number of students didn’t feel American and felt “targeted and singled out by this day.”
The district has a large Latino population, though administrators didn’t point to any group.
“Many different students could have felt 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.”
Kids and their civil disobedience
Harry Burt, a 17 year old senior wasn’t thrilled with the name College Day. “What if you can’t afford college? There’s a lot of kids here that can’t afford college. College is not an option for them. It’s more discriminatory.”
And so, many of the students chose to wear red, white, and blue in spite of the school in a blatant act of civil disobedience.
The school’s definition of “balance” is warped, as is their politically correct “inclusiveness.” If you want students to feel ‘included’ in a patriotic event, give them an American t-shirt and drag them out on the football field with everyone else to sing the Star Spangled Banner- if they have to sing it in Spanish, so be it.
We have created a generation of people who refuse to be a part of America- they refuse to be “included” and want their own thing rather than be a part of American culture and values.