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Washington State HS cancels 9/11 football tribute because some may be offended, report says

Students at a high school in Washington state wanted to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by wearing red, white and blue at a Patriot’s Day-themed game the day before the anniversary. but they were refused because the event could “unintentionally offend some who see it differently”, according to a report.

Jason Rantz, host on KTTH 770 / 94.5FM, reported that the event was canceled by an anonymous staff member at Eastlake High School in Sammamish “at the last minute.” A student told the show that he was told that “red, white and blue are going to be considered race-insensitive and may affect people in ways we won’t understand and for that reason. that we had to change the theme “.

The station posted a screenshot of an email from one of the school’s vice-principals to a parent who said she understood the “sacrifice and the values ​​our flag represents, but I think that they [school leadership] I just didn’t want to unintentionally offend those who see it differently. “

The school principal and associate principal did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

Rantz wrote that Chris Bede, the principal, and the district communications director did not clarify who exactly would be offended when they saw the players dressed in the colors.

“Since it was not a home game, there was no possibility of having an announcement on Patriots’ Day and sharing why the students were dressed in red, white and blue,” said at Shannon Parthemer Station, District Communications Director.

The station reported that Bede appeared to be taken “by surprise” by the decision to cancel the theme. Parthemer, who did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News, told Rantz the decision was made by an anonymous staff member.


“I want to clarify that schools do not have the right to prohibit students from wearing anything as long as it is not obscene, vulgar, etc. And the theme of red, white and blue does not would definitely not fit into that category, ”Bede said. would have told the parents.

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