Update: The ban is lifted.
Public schools have long had dress codes banning gang colors and other disruptive attire. I’ve blogged before about poor Raven Furbert, whose overzealous school punished her for wearing patriotic red, white, and blue beads that she had worn to honor family members in the military. So this bone-headed move comes as no surprise:
On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, students at one high school were not allowed to wear clothes with an American Flag.
Under a new school rule, students at Hobbton High School are not allowed to wear items with flags, from any country, including the United States.
The new rule stems from a controversy over students wearing shirts bearing flags of other countries.
Gayle Langston said her daughter, Jessica, was told to remove her stars and stripes t-shirt.
“Today she wanted to wear her shirt, and I had to tell her no,” said Langston. “She didn’t like it at all because I knew it would get her in trouble. Of all days, 9/11, she could not wear her American Flag shirt.”
The superintendent of schools in Sampson County calls the situation unfortunate, but says educators didn’t want to be forced to pick and choose which flags should be permissible.
They didn’t, in other words, want to act like grown-ups and make responsible judgments about acceptable displays of patriotism.
We are, as my friend Diana West puts it in her new book, in a state of perpetual adolescence–and it is this kind of idiocy that is weakening our will, resolve, and ability to fight our enemies at home and abroad. Like sheeple, we allow public educators to impart their gutless moral equivalence to the next generation.
The cancer of political correctness metastasizes.