Peyton Robinson is a senior in high school. Peyton Robinson has a large American flag on his truck. Peyton Robinson’s high school has a no-flags-on-your-truck policy.
I’m sure you’ve put together the news story that resulted.
As a result of the conflagration, York Comprehensive High School has changed its policy, releasing the following statement:
Over the last 24 hours, an issue has been brought to light regarding our policy of flags not being allowed on our students’ vehicles in the student parking lot.
Due to the outstanding display of patriotism through peaceful demonstration, it is apparent to us that many are not happy about this policy. School officials have reviewed the standing policy regarding flags and have decided that an exception will be made for the American flag, as long as the size of the flag(s) does not create a driving hazard.
As administrators of York Comprehensive High School, we are extremely passionate Americans and have deep seeded feelings of patriotism. We promote the good citizenship in our classrooms, fly the American flag in our rooms, in front of the building, and on our athletic fields. We have a student lead the pledge of allegiance every morning.
We appreciate the passion and pride of all who have called or come by YCHS over the past 24 hours. America was founded by Patriots who led positive change in a myriad of ways. We believe today is a great example of peaceful demonstration leading to positive change. This is the very process we advocate in our Social Studies classrooms and the fabric of American citizenship. Thank you for helping us as we educate the students of our community.
So you see the glaring error? In a statement that was ostensibly written and proofread by people who hold advanced degrees? And who oversee an institution of learning?
I’ll give you another minute.
Okay, here’s the problem: it’s “deep-seated feelings of patriotism,” not “deep seeded feelings.” See? (And “patriot” shouldn’t be capitalized.)
Perhaps now we can have a discussion about how the ostentatious displays of symbols and protestations of loyalty don’t necessary equal “patriotism.”