Every year, Jackson Hole High School has celebrated “America Day” around homecoming time — and it’s become quite the spectacle.
The tradition includes students wrapping American flags around their shoulders, wearing American flag attire and driving a diesel truck around the parking lot with the stars and stripes waving in the wind.
But this year turned out to be different for the students in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Activities Director Mike Hansen cancelled “America Day” this year to ensure no students were offended by the display of American pride.
“Many different students could have felt singled out…Maybe they moved here last week. Maybe they moved here last month,” he told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. “We’re trying to balance many different things here. We’re trying to be inclusive and safe, make everyone feel welcome.”
In keeping with the American spirit, several high school students got extremely creative — and defiant — on homecoming week.
One parent, Ted Dawson, was extremely proud of how his kids responded to the ban on “America Day” — and he let everyone know about it on Facebook:
The Jackson Hole News & Guide also reported that "many students still donned their red, white and blue on Wednesday."
But Principal Scott Crisp claimed that “three times as many students indicated that they were not in support of selecting the title ‘America Day.’”
“I’m charged with looking at a school with 660 kids, and I have to ensure that all those kids feel part of a student body. Regardless of the name of the day, we want to ensure that activities of the week … bring our students together holistically as a student body,” the principal added.
(H/T: Daily Caller)