It’s ridiculous for students to be told they can’t celebrate their patriotism at school. Interestingly, Fort Collins High requires its students to participate in the Mexican Cinco de Mayo celebrations. “Spirit week” dress-up days, however, are completely voluntary, and students would have been free not to participate in the ’Merica Monday theme. Student council members and parents rightly pointed out to the school administration that the students have a right to free speech.
After students and parents launched a public protest – and the media began to contact the school – the administrators backed down, and students were allowed to celebrate ’Merica Monday. I’m glad Fort Collins High came to its senses, but this sort of story shouldn’t be happening. American students in American public schools should never be told they can’t celebrate America. If foreign students take offense to that, they have no business being in the United States. I’m tired of political correctness, I’m tired of people claiming to be offended, and I’m tired of seeing anti-Americanism accepted and deferred in our schools.
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