Remembering 9-11 May “Offend” Some People.

Last Saturday, on the anniversary of 9/11, we asked the rhetorical question “you haven’t forgotten, have you?”

Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington, seemed to be trying to do just that.

Students of a local high school were ready to wear red, white, and blue to honor the lives lost on Sept. 11. But school staff pulled the plug, concerned the expression could be racially insensitive and offend some people.

At Eastlake High School in Sammamish, student leadership promoted a Patriot’s Day theme at a football game at Memorial Stadium against Rainier Beach. The game was previously canceled, then rescheduled to the day before the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Students wanted to do something to remember the tragic events. But staff intervened.

According to an email obtained by the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, the principal said wearing those colors could “unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.” Students are upset. And some parents now speculate school officials thought their majority-minority opponents would be offended by American pride.

Offensive to who?

The 2977 people who died that day? The over 6000 people that were injured?

Does anyone think that they are “offended” remembering 9/11 by wearing red, white and blue?

It gets worse – much worse:

9/11 honor canceled by staff

Eastlake High School students were not yet born when terrorists brought down the World Trade Center in New York City, attacked the Pentagon, and brought down United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. But their lives — and the lives of every American — were changed forever.

Having a sense of history sometimes lost on young Americans, there was a student-led movement to honor those lost during the worst terrorist attack in history. Students would show their pride by wearing red, white, and blue clothing.

But the themed event was canceled by Eastlake staff at the last minute. Students learned of the decision Friday morning during announcements.

“At this point, I was fairly upset and confused as to why the theme was changed so I went around asking students in our leadership,” one student told the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “They had explained that red, white, and blue was going to be seen as racially insensitive and may affect people in a way that we will not understand and for that reason that we were to change our theme.”

One mother emailed Principal Chris Bede to ask what happened. She was shocked by the response.

“Our leadership teachers made this decision and explained it to students,” Bede wrote. “I know tomorrow is 9/11 and understand the sacrifice and values our flag represents, but I think they just did not want to unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.”

Associate Principal Darcie Breynaert shared the same statement with another parent who demanded an explanation.

So someone was “offended” or “may be offended” by remembering 9/11.

Fine. Let’s have a conversation with that person or group.

Who are they?

School won’t say why anyone is offended by the 9/11 honor

Neither Principal Bede nor district communications director Shannon Parthemer explained who would take offense. And why is wearing red, white, and blue offensive to begin with? No one would say.

But to some, the implication is that either the Rainier Beach High School team or their fans wouldn’t have context as to why the colors were worn. That could somehow offend them.

“Since it was not a home game, there was no opportunity to have an announcement about Patriot’s Day and to share why students were dressed in red, white, and blue,” Parthemer explained in a statement to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.

One of the school officials said they did not want the remembrance at the football game because it wasn’t a “home game” for Eastlake High School.

Gee, and here we thought that the remembrance was on our home turf – you know, the United States of America?

That’s the home field.

The Superintendent of the School District released a statement that just made things worse:

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The school’s principal released a statement as well:

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Isn’t it funny how the school and staff were talking about being “all inclusive” to ideas – except for the ideas of those who wanted to remember 9/11?

As the KTTH article notes, the kids in this high school weren’t even born when 9/11 happened, and yet they wanted to do something to remember the day.

It was the so called “adults” and “educators” in the school that shut them down. It was no longer going to be a school event and remembrance because remembering 9/11 might “offend” someone.

What is offensive are the people who actually teaching students to forget and not observe the day.

Instead of cancelling the display the kids had planned, the staff’s jobs should be “cancelled” by pink slips.

We keep saying this, but this is another example of the adage “you have to be really educated to be that stupid.”

One Response to “Remembering 9-11 May “Offend” Some People.”

  1. Spurwing Plover says:

    There are way to many little liberal snowflakes out there a result of all those years in Collage