Education

Outrage: Saudi Flag Flies Higher than U.S. Flag at Colorado School

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Parents of children at a multi-cultural school in Colorado are outraged after a Saudi Arabian flag was flying higher than an American flag, in apparent violation of federal law.

The Daily Mail reports that someone at Bauder Elementary School in Fort Collins raised the Saudi flag above the U.S. flag. A photo (left) was sent to GreeleyReport.com.

According to USFlag.org, such a move breaks the law:

No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America... No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof.

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The principal of the school said no staff member was responsible and that he immediately returned the American flag to its place of prominence when he found out about it.

"We realize this is an extremely sensitive time with us getting close to the 10th anniversary of 9/11," principal Brian Carpenter said.

"Bauder Elementary School serves a diverse international population of students," he added. "As a means of recognizing the varied nationalities of students, flags from the students’ respective countries fly within the school’s center lobby. The American flag always sits highest in the center of a window alcove with the other nation flags being tilted from a lower position."

But some parents aren't buying it, saying this happened because of the influence the growing Muslim population is having on the area.