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Wyoming High School Cancels 'America Day,' Students Rebel

| by Karin Sun
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Patriotic teenagers at a high school in Jackson, Wyoming, protested on Sept. 30 following a decision by school administrators to cancel "America Pride Day."

A group of juniors and seniors at Jackson Hole High School protested the controversial decision by going to school decked out from head to toe in American flag apparel, including capes, headbands and shorts, the Jackson Hole News and Guide. One student even drove a diesel truck adorned in American flags around the parking lot after school.

The Jackson Hole High student body had selected the patriotic "America Day" to be part of the school's homecoming week through a popular vote, but school officials later made the decision to replace it with "College Day" after a survey revealed that some students would feel excluded by the patriotic theme. 

Jackson Hole High principal Scott Crisp defended the cancellation.

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“Three times as many students indicated that they were not in support of selecting the title ‘America Day,’” Crisp told the Jackson Hole News and Guide. “I’m charged with looking at a school with 660 kids, and I have to ensure that all those kids feel part of a student body.

"Regardless of the name of the day, we want to ensure that activities of the week … bring our students together holistically as a student body.”

The high school's activities director, Mike Hansen, said that he made the decision to pull the plug on "America Day" after meeting with the school's student council and listening to comments from various members of the student body.

“Many different students could have felt singled out,” Hansen said. “Maybe they moved here last week. Maybe they moved here last month. We’re trying to be inclusive and safe, make everyone feel welcome.”

Although school administrators declined to name any particular student groups who would feel left out by the patriotically-themed day, Jackson Hole High's 2015-16 student profile shows that the district has a significant Latino population.

Disgruntled local parents have joined in on the revolt against the school's "politically correct" decision. 

“It’s homecoming week and our school administration thought it was too ‘offensive’ to have an America Pride Day!” local dad Ted Dawson wrote on Facebook, where he posted pictures of his children donning American-themed attire, according to the Jackson Hole News and Guide.

“Where have we gone so wrong!" the post continued. "I don’t care what race or religion you are, you live here, benefit from the schools, enjoy tax benefits or whatever -- your an American or at least you better be!”

Sources: The Daily Caller, Jackson Hole News and Guide, Jackson Hole High School Website

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