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Public School Teacher Encouraged Students to Step on American Flag As Part of Art Project

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A local news outlet said visitors "had to step on the flag in order to participate in the project."

(Credit: The Paducah Sun / Fox News Radio)

A public high school in Kentucky became the center of controversy this week after a teacher at the school draped an American flag on the ground and encouraged students to step on it as part of an art project.

(Credit: The Paducah Sun / Fox News Radio)

The display at McCracken County High School, was reportedly a re-creation of “Dread” Scott Tyler’s 1989 art display titled “The Proper Way to Display an American Flag," according to Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes.

Students were reportedly encouraged to stand on the flag and write reflections about how they felt standing on it, reported Starnes. According to WLEX-TV, the flag was stepped on and said visitors "had to step on the flag in order to participate in the project."

The teacher has since apologized.

On Friday administrators held a ceremonial flag retiring ceremony with the help of some local veterans.

"I wanted to be sure it was done right," James Courtney, a Vietnam Veteran, told WPSD-TV.

The school principal, Michael Ceglinski, said holding the ceremony was a good learning opportunity.

"Turn something positive into it by the learning experience of our kids," he reportedly said.

(H/T: Fox News Radio)

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