(9-13-21) Students from Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington were ready to wear red, white, and blue colors to honor the lives lost on September 11. But school staff pulled the plug, concerned the expression could be racially insensitive and offend some people.
Eastlake student section leadership selected a Patriot’s Day theme at a football game at Memorial Stadium against Rainier Beach. The game was previously canceled, then rescheduled to the day before the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Students wanted to do something to remember the tragic events and honor those who lost their lives.
According to an email obtained by the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, Associate Principal Darcie Breynaert said wearing those colors could –
“unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.”
One student shared their feelings in an email to the KTTH story–
“I was instantly upset, and frustrated. If Eastlake is all about including everyone’s beliefs and being together as a ‘family,’ then why are we being told we can’t represent the country we live in? I have seen other LWSD [Lake Washington School District] football teams that held a flag or did some sort of memorial recognition towards 9/11, but apparently we weren’t allowed to even wear USA colors.”
Note: Eastlake beat Rainier Beach 17-16.