A Washington state high school reportedly canceled a student-led tribute to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks after an anonymous staff member said the commemoration could “unintentionally offend those who see it differently,” according to one report.
Students at Eastlake High School in Sammamish wanted to coordinate the audience to wear red, white and blue at a patriotic-themed football game, but were reportedly stranded, according to Jason Rantz, radio host on KTTH 770 / 94.5FM.
A student told Rantz that the anonymous staff member told him that “red, white and blue are going to be considered race-insensitive and could affect people in ways we won’t understand and for that reason we had to change our theme. “
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The radio station posted a screenshot of an email sent by one of the school’s vice-principals to requesting parents, saying it understands the “sacrifice and values our flag represents, but I think they [school leadership] I just didn’t want to unintentionally offend those who see it differently. “
“Since it was not a home game, there was no possibility of having an announcement on Patriots’ Day and sharing why the students were dressed in red, white and blue,” said at Shannon Parthemer Station, District Communications Director.
School principal Chris Bede appeared to be taken “by surprise” by the notice prohibiting students from wearing the color coordinated theme, the station added.
“I want to clarify that schools do not have the right to prohibit students from wearing anything as long as it is not obscene, vulgar, etc. And the theme of red, white and blue does not would definitely not fit into that category, ”Bede reportedly told the parents.
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The Washington Examiner contacted Eastlake High School but did not immediately receive a response.
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Original author: Kaelan Deese
Original location: Washington State High School cancels 9/11 football tribute over possible violation issues: report