Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Common Sense Lacking in North Carolina Schools

Apparently the school administration in North Carolina has completely forsaken any attempt at using common sense. According to North Carolina's NBC17 news channel, school administrators banned students from wearing clothing displaying the American flag. Apparently this is a new rule, and thought the news story does not say, it appears to have beeen placed into efect just before the Sepatember 11 anniversary, as a student who wished to wear an American flag to school was dissuaded by her mother. In attempting to justify this monumental idiocy,
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.

"Having to pick and choose"???? Where have these people been? Do we not live in the United States? Are not our students citizens of this great country? If this is true, then why should they be banned from wearing their own country's flag? Allowing students to wear clothing displaying the American flag should not even be a question. How low have we fallen when our own flag is treated on the same basis as a foreign country's flag. Students shouldd be allowed to wear American flags whenever they wish- after all, if burning the flag is apparently constitutionally protected, then how can wearing clothing displaying the flag not be permissible?

the root problem, of course, is not really that adminstratorss actually equate the U.S. flag on the swame level as other countries' banners (though I suspect that for many of these so-called educators, they would prefer to see the US flag placed less prominently than say, the flag of Russia), but that they fear lawsuits from such anti-American organizations as the ACLU or La Raza if they dared to actually allow students to wear the US flag while not allowing them to wear the Mexican flag.

Until we bring some common sense back into the judicial system and stop allowing groups whose agendas are clearly against the mainstream of American thought to threaten lawsuits, I fear we will continue to see situationss like this.

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