- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 17, 2015

A photo of a Massachusetts high school senior standing on part of a backdrop of the U.S. flag has been barred from the yearbook after school officials deemed it inappropriate and disrespectful to the stars and stripes.

The owner of Red Wing Diner in Foxborough took out an ad in the Foxborough High School yearbook for his employee, 18-year-old Morgan Truax, who is set to graduate in spring.

“I wanted to honor Morgan in the yearbook, and we took out a page to say congrats for all the hard work,” the owner, Liam Murphy, told a local Fox News affiliate.

The photo shows the teen standing in front of a backdrop of the American flag, with her standing on the lower portion of the backdrop.

“It is not a real flag. It’s not something you would hang on a flagpole. It is literally something that is red, white, and blue that we found patriotic,” Mr. Murphy said.

Foxborough High School Principal Diana M. Myers-Pachla said in a statement that the photo showed disrespect toward the flag.

“The photo showed the United States flag hanging on a wall with the lower portion lying on the floor and the student standing on the flag. We do not view standing on the U.S. flag as respectful or appropriate,” she said.

Morgan’s mother, Lisa Truax, believes the school is being unreasonable.

“This is a commercially produced photography backdrop, not an American flag. My 18-year-old daughter wanted to show her patriotism,” she wrote in a widely shard Facebook post. “We truly mean no disrespect to FHS, the veterans, and the American flag … Does anyone find this photo offensive? Apparently Foxboro [sic] High School finds it offensive. They won’t allow the picture in the yearbook because it’s the American flag. We are American! We live in America! OMG what is this country coming to?”

The teen suggested a compromise, offering to crop her feet out of the photo, but the school still rejected the image after consulting with a local veterans agency, Yahoo reported.

“We take respect for the United States flag very seriously, as it is the most important symbolic representation of our national pride,” Ms. Myers-Pachla said.

The teen’s mother said a photographer with a husband in the military has offered to take new photos with different patriotic props, at no charge.

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