Students at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington, were advised they couldn’t wear patriotic-themed colors because it would be considered “racially inappropriate” by others.
Officials at the school stated that they did not want the red, white, and blue exhibit to “inadvertently offend individuals who see it differently.”
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“They had stated that red, white, and blue was going to be perceived as racially offensive and may harm individuals in a way that we will not understand,” one student told KTTH radio station.
The students had been marketing the event on social media, encouraging guests to “dress in your USA best,” according to the New York Post.
Principal Chris Bede and Associate Principal Darcie Breynaert blamed the move on teachers in an email to parents, insisting that the cause had been given to children.
Bede remarked, “Our leadership teachers made this decision and explained it to students.”
“I realize tomorrow is 9/11, and I understand the sacrifice and values our flag represents,” the email added, “but I think they just didn’t want to offend anyone who saw it differently.”
The school did not specify what kind of offense may be caused.