Students Suspended for “Excessive” Patriotism

It’s Homecoming Week at a school in Minnesota and like many other schools all over the country, Homecoming Week means events meant to demonstrate student pride in their school.

As part of their senior prank and the kick-off to Homecoming week, students at the High School blanketed the school in red, white and blue streamers, mini American flags, and washable window paint. It was an effort to make this year’s prank a show of patriotism. At Red Wing High School, some school officials say that student’s took their homecoming festivities a few steps too far.

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There is more to this story, of course, senior Bryce Reps told a local news affiliate.

“When the high school didn’t mark the anniversary of 9/11 as it had in years past, Reps said he took it personally. “I’m planning to go into the Air Force,” Reps said. He wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper and got a petition signed by 400 students. The school then decided to always mark the day with a moment of silence.”

The conflict with the school over shows of patriotism continued into the Homecoming week plans themselves. Some of the students wanted one of the celebratory days to be marked as ‘Merica Day. However, school officials felt that the proposal was inappropriate and instead chose to mark the day as National Pride Day.

The students decided that they would continue on with their ‘Merica Day decorating plans as part of their senior prank. Needless to say, school officials were unhappy with the display, and in the aftermath, more than a dozen students have been suspended for planting the small flags and painting on the windows and doors. Red Wing School’s Superintendent Karsten Anderson was quoted as saying, “We have to take these things seriously.”

 

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