I don’t see how it could, but neither did students at Fort Collins High School in Colorado when the student council lined up the various days students would celebrate during their usual Spirit Week. You know how it works with the usual days being something like Twin Day, Hat Day, Pajama Day, Backwards Day, and the list goes on forever with students dressing to fit each designated day.
It’s relatively simple, and kids have been doing it “forever.” However, this year school administrators put the nix on one of the council’s planned days. This probably happens behind the scenes a lot as teens get a little wild with their plans. Can’t you just see Punk Rock Day, Stoned Day, Tatoo Day, etc. etc.? So what was the day that the kids were told to remove from the schedule?
No, you didn’t misread that. The kids were told that they could not have an America Day where the student body dressed in patriotic colors.
“They said they didn’t want to offend anyone from other countries or immigrants,” a 16-year-old member of the student council told me. “They just really did not want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.”
“It’s shocking,” the 16-year-old said. “There are men and women fighting for our country and we should be able to celebrate that and be proud that we live in a country where we are allowed to vote – the right to free speech. They won’t even let us celebrate it.”
Students went on to claim that they are forced to participate in Cinco de Mayo celebrations and don’t understand the nix on a celebration of the United States.
It would be interesting to see how Texas schools would handle what is apparently a hot topic in Colorado, wouldn’t it? While I can’t imagine a Hats of For The Red White and Blue Day being a problem, apparently students at Fort Collins High School couldn’t either.