A school in Folsom, California has decided that chanting ‘USA’ could be offensive and should not be done except in certain situations.
Students were warned not to chant “USA!” at certain events because it could send an ‘unintended message’.
Vista Del Lago High School’s principal suggested there are appropriate times to chant, like following the national anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance.
“We can communicate an unintended message,” the school’s principal, Lori Emmington, wrote in a letter to parents. (AFTER the controversy hit the media)
Some of the letter’s insanity includes:
“During an athletic event, when Vista fans are in a competitive environment and cheering their school pride, chanting USA might be confusing. What is the intent, and is it open to misinterpretation? What would be the purpose at a sporting event?”
Confusing??? Patriotism is NOT confusing! Misinterpretation??? USA!!! That cannot be misinterpreted unless you are a moron! The purpose?? I cannot even go there!
Political correctness is destroying our nation. When we cannot even show pride in this great country, because we might offend those who are not appreciative of it, we have lost our minds!
The whole issue seems to have began when the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), which oversees high school athletics, addressed the concerns with local districts.
“There’s a time and a place to yell that and cheer that,” said CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Mike Garrison. (Here’s the CIF Facebook page. They Started this mess! I see another article coming!)
It traveled from there to a leadership meeting on campus.
The school’s principal then sent out an email to families and relayed the same message to students over the school’s P.A. system.. She told students and parents that sometimes “We can communicate an unintended message.” She also said USA chanting is welcome, but it may be best to do it at what she says are appropriate times, like following the national anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance.
Students interviewed were absolutely shocked that chanting ‘USA’ in their own country could be seen as offensive and intolerant.
“I wasn’t angry, but I was definitely like, ‘Why can’t we chant USA?’” said senior Ryan Bernal, “To say USA, you know, we’re all the same. We’re all American. It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is or where you’re from.”
“We’re all one,” Ryan said. “We all stand as one together.”
Parents were also upset that their children were told they could only chant ‘USA’ at certain times that the school says is appropriate.
“I think it’s really sad that chanting USA in our country has even become a negative thing,” one parent told the television station.
After the controversy hit the media, district officials said that they wanted to make clear that there is no ban on chanting USA. The district says there has never been a complaint about USA chants at the school.
Students say there’s likely to be a lot of chanting at this Friday’s football game, where the theme is USA pride.
I hope they chant 3 times as much as normal, and I imagine that they will!
Who cares if chanting ‘USA’ offends people. Perhaps the people who are offended should relocate to another country.
This isn’t the first time that high school students were reprimanded for their patriotism.
Students in a number of schools have been told to not wear the US flag on their shirts. Other
Students from one Iowan high school apologized to another Iowan high school when people (refugees) found their red, white and blue attire offensive.
The College Fix reports:
Fans of Des Moines North High School took issue with supporters of Valley High for their choice of attire. Valley’s school colors are black and orange, but many in the stands had decided to wear the traditional colors of the USA.
“A lot of people were very upset about it,” North sophomore DeNasja Spencer said, as reported by KCCI.
“Even if that was their theme for the game, I feel like they should have switched that because everyone knows North is a more diverse school.”
But those from Valley say the USA-theme is nothing new — the school has done it “many times in the past” according to one student.
When does the madness end? We really know it doesn’t! It is a sick mentality. The Redskin mascot was removed from all California schools. Patriotism is under attack. Christmas is under attack. Statues are under attack. Christianity is under attack. It is madness!
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