Students at Valley High School in Iowa have been forced to apologize to their basketball rivals for wearing red, white, and blue attire to a recent game. The students were criticized for wearing the American flag colors because their opponents, from Des Moines North High School, included players from refugee families.
“Any normal person – any educated person – can look at that and think, what the hell are these kids thinking?” said the eloquent Valley High School coach, Morgan Wheat.
Leaders in the student community at the high school sent an apology letter to Des Moines North High where they explained that they meant no disrespect.
“It has been brought to our attention that the decision by the Valley High School student section to wear U.S.A. apparel at our game last night was offensive to members of your community and fan base,” they wrote. “We are deeply sorry if we have offended anyone in any way. We have traditionally dressed in such a fashion for great games such as the one last night. Everyone here at Valley has immense respect not only for your team and players but for your community as a whole. Please know that our intent was in no way to offend or demean—just to support our own team in a way we have done before.”
As ridiculous as that sounds, at least the students do not appear to have been punished in any way. Maybe the school district realized they would be courting more controversy than they could handle if they started suspending students for expressing their patriotism.
That makes them smarter than the superintendent in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who tossed four students out of school for supporting President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
According to WTSP in Michigan, four students at Grand Rapids Christian High School were suspended last week when they attempted to protest a pro-immigration banner hanging in their school.
“Immigrants are a Blessing, Not a Burden,” read the banner. The students wanted to hold up their own signs, including one that read “Trump” and another that said “Build the Wall.” After a teacher discouraged them from doing so, a verbal confrontation ensued between the four students and others who wanted to support the pro-immigration message.
Superintendent Thomas DeJonge defended his decision to suspend the students in a letter to parents. He insisted that the students were not punished for their political beliefs, but for “the disruption they caused and the disrespect they demonstrated toward fellow students and staff.”
But the parents of the students weren’t buying it.
A parent told us the students did not want to incite violence and only wanted to make a political statement about illegal immigration because the students felt they hadn’t been afforded an opportunity to say how they felt. The parent questioned why the school would allow students to put up a pro-immigration theme when the country seems to be divided on the topic.
“Why are they bringing this political nonsense into the school?” the parent asked.
Well, because to them, pro-immigration messages aren’t political. They simply see this as the “right” view on the issue. Only those who oppose that message are being “political” in their demonstrations. That’s the way it is in liberal America. There are two sides to every story: The correct side and the racist, conservative, monstrous side.
Those who support the flag and those who support the rule of law are now being marginalized in this country.
That’s a big problem, to say the least.