Students And Parents Outraged After School Cancels A Patriotic Celebration

On September 30, a group of patriotic teenagers at a high school in Jackson, Wyoming protested a decision by school administrators to cancel "America Pride Day."

The juniors and seniors protested the decision at Jackson Hole High School by dressing head to toe in American flag apparel, headbands and shorts. One student even drove a diesel truck covered in American flags around the parking lot after school.

The Jackson Hole High student body had selected the patriotic "America Day" to be part of the school's homecoming week through a popular vote, but school officials later made the decision to replace it with "College Day" after a survey revealed that some students would feel excluded by the patriotic theme.

Jackson Hole High principal Scott Crisp said, “Three times as many students indicated that they were not in support of selecting the title ‘America Day.' I’m charged with looking at a school with 660 kids, and I have to ensure that all those kids feel part of a student body. Regardless of the name of the day, we want to ensure that activities of the week … bring our students together holistically as a student body.”

The high school's activities director, Mike Hansen, said, “Many different students could have felt singled out. Maybe they moved here last week. Maybe they moved here last month. We’re trying to be inclusive and safe, make everyone feel welcome.”

Local dad Ted Dawson wrote on Facebook “It’s homecoming week and our school administration thought it was too ‘offensive’ to have an America Pride Day! Where have we gone so wrong! I don’t care what race or religion you are, you live here, benefit from the schools, enjoy tax benefits or whatever -- your an American or at least you better be!”

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