High school students engage in mass disobedience after principal cancels 'America Pride Day'
It was a sight to warm the cockles of my heart: students proudly wearing “American flag capes, American flag headbands, American flag shorts and all manner of beautifully and garishly patriotic American flag ornamentation” in defiance of their principal, who canceled “America Pride Day” the day before.
Jackson Hole High principal Scott Crisp blamed the results of a student survey and his concerns that some students may feel excluded if they see an American flag for the administration’s decision to cancel “America Pride Day.”
The potentially "excluded" students would mostly be Mexican immigrants.
The Jackson Hole High 2015-16 school profile webpage and other Teton district webpages offer the opportunity to translate text into a single alternative language: Spanish.
Jackson Hole High activities director (and assistant principal) Mike Hansen said he favored canceling “America Pride Day” because some students may not feel American and, thus, could feel “targeted and singled out by this day.”
Ahem: if you choose to come to this country, get used to national pride. Get citizenship and join in, as so many immigrants have done over our history. If you are offended or feel excluded, feel free to leave.
Some context: Jackson Hole is one of the wealthiest communities in America, where million-dollar and up houses are very common. Nestled among some of the most dramatic scenery on Earth, it has attracted gazillionaires, celebrities, and many professionals who can live anywhere they choose. Both times I have landed at Jackson Hole airport (by far the busiest in the state, boasting nonstop service to most of the nation’s biggest cities) in the last two years, there have been multiple dozens of private jets parked on the apron. I suspect that most of these people do not have children, or that their children are grown. It would be the town’s middle class, families who have been there since before the town was chic, who have children in the school. Meanwhile, in the surrounding area, many agricultural workers are of Hispanic origin, and their children may be bused into town.
As for the school administrators, they are almost certainly graduates of education schools, bastions of PC. Let's hope their contracts come up for review soon.
Hat tip: Clarice Feldman