Students at a Colorado high school are confused and upset that administrators have turned down their request to dedicate a spirit week day to celebrating America, because outright patriotism might offend some students from other countries.
The juniors at Fort Collins High School had suggested “‘Merica Day” — where students could sport their red, white and blue — but administrators axed the idea in order not to offend non-American students, Fox News reported.
“They said they didn’t want to offend anyone from other countries or immigrants,” a member of the student council told Fox’s Todd Starnes. “They just really did not want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.”
“They said they didn’t want to be exclusive to any other country,” another student said.
Ellie Goodspeed, a treasurer of the school’s student council, said that students instead suggested “My Country Monday,” which they believed would allow students to celebrate any country they chose. Administrators axed that idea, too, before reinstating it on Monday.
A spokesperson for the Poudre School District gave Fox the following statement:
“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. 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.”
Students pointed out the irony that their school celebrates Cinco de Mayo.
“It’s bizarre and idiotic that we’ve come to this crossroads in our society that we are having to sacrifice our own culture and belief system,” one of the parents, who requested anonymity, told Mr. Starnes. “I can’t even tell you how it got our blood boiling.”