Monday, May 10, 2010

Now Drawing An American Flag Is Offensive In Salinas, CA; Reminder: Wednesday, May 12 Is Flaunt The American Flag Day

More liberal absurdity from Northern California, not too far south from Morgan Hill (Fox Radio, Todd Starnes).
The battle over the American flag has reached a middle school art class in California’s Santa Rita School District where a student was told not to draw Old Glory because it was “offensive,” while another student was praised for drawing a picture of President Obama.

Tracy Hathaway, of Salinas, CA, told FOX News Radio her 13-year-old daughter was ordered to stop drawing the American flag and start another project at Gavilan View Middle School.

“She had drawn the flag and was sketching the letters, ‘God bless America,’ when the teacher confronted her,” Hathaway told FOX. “She said, ‘You can’t draw that – that’s offensive.’”

Even more striking, another student in the same art class drew a picture of President Obama and was praised by the teacher.

“The picture of Barack Obama was in red, white and blue hues,” Hathaway said. “ The teacher said it was great. But when it comes to the flag – all of a sudden it was offensive?”

Hathaway said she took her concerns to the principal – and he was “floored” and apologized for what happened. He arranged a meeting with the Hathaways and the teacher.

“My husband point-blank asked her what she found offensive about the picture – the American flag or the words, ‘God Bless America,’” she said. “The teacher didn’t say a word.”

Hathaway said she was especially concerned that a picture of President Obama was praised yet a picture of the American flag was deemed offensive.

“That showed where she stood in the political spectrum,” she said “But this was not a political class. This was not a religious class. This was an art class."

...Mike Brusa, the superintendent of schools, told FOX in a written statement that he had contacted the principal and that the issue “was taken care of to their (the parent’s) satisfaction.”

“The school administration and the parents did not view this as significant enough to bring it to the superintendent’s office,” he wrote.

However, Hathaway said her daughter has yet to receive an apology – and in fact – the teacher told the girl that she should not have gotten her parents involved in the matter.

“My daughter felt like her rights were being trampled on – she was doing what she thought was right.” she said. “It’s disturbing. It really is disturbing. When I was in junior high we didn’t have a lot of the problems they are having now. We were allowed to speak our mind. It’s absolutely devastating for me. Last time I looked, this is America. This is still a free country.”
Why hasn't the teacher apologized, and, furthermore, was allowed to tell the student she shouldn't have gotten her parents involved? If this were my child, I'd be concerned the teacher was trying to hold this against her.

The teacher should apologize...or be fired.

Since disrespecting our nation's flag has become a plague, especially in California, it's time for patriots around the nation to flaunt the flag. Salinas & Morgan Hill, CA could use a dose of it.

Speaking of which, don't forget this coming Wednesday, May 12th is Flaunt the Flag Day.


Anonymous said...

I could not believe when I heard this story on the news earlier. I am glad it is getting alot of attention and that teacher will be exposed for what she is, a polital nutcase that hates the American flag and should not be allowed to be teaching kids. This was in an art class, imagine a teacher like her teaching history with her anti-American views. Everyone living in America right now gets a good nights sleep, sleeping under the protection of our American flag and this teacher is teaching our kids to hate the flag and what it stands for?? Then she threatens the kid it seems, saying she shouldnt of told her parents about it. If I were the parents I would take my kid out of that art class, threaten to sue the school if that teacher ever goes near my kid again and give her an A for the rest of the year for having to go thru this.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing wrong with drawing an American flag, but in all fairness, we are not reviewing the entire story. Timing is the real issue here. Students, who have never worn a flag on Independence Day decided to wear one on the day that Mexican Americans celebrated their heritage – Cinco de Mayo. Why did they suddenly decide on this particular day to show their patriotism? It is reasonable to believe that these students used our flag as a tool to protest a minority celebrating their heritage. It would be like me wearing an American and going to an Irish bar on St. Patrick Day in protest of the St. Patrick Day celebration. I seriously doubt that I could get my fan*y out of that bar in one piece. The school reacted quickly to defuse the situation and tensions were high. On this day, as well, Terrin Hathaway decided to draw the American flag in her classroom. Did she suddenly feel an urge to be patriotic? Or did she decide to defy and protest the school’s decision regarding flag wearing by drawing the flag. The student had to have known that in an art class, whatever you draw; it is visible to the entire class. I personally believe that people have the right to celebrate their heritage in peace without being frowned upon as if what you are doing is a threat to our country. I love the diversity of this country. I like being able to go to an Italian festival, a Greek festival, Irish festival… the more the merrier.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, drawing a picture of an American flag in an American art classroom is not the same as insulting another country. However, assuming that a minority would be so extremeley sensitive as to feel insulted by that simple drawing, the teacher could have explained to the student WHY what she did was "offensive", especially when for about 90 percent of American history, this action has not been officially considered "offensive". It seems to be that assuming a middle school student who draws a picture of an American flag in an art class is deliberately trying to scoff at another country's holiday is a very presumptuous conclusion. In fact, I have seen a Cinco de Mayo performance in front of a building that had an American flag and none of the Hispanic dancers looked one bit offended and this was in Berkeley, a very politically correct city.