The “Home of The Eagles”, Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom, California isn’t soaring high about its students chanting “USA.”
School officials are warning students the chants could appear inappropriate and intolerant. They claim there is “a time and a place” for the chant.
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), which oversees high school athletics, addressed the issue with local districts.
“There’s a time and a place to yell that and cheer that,” said CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Mike Garrison told CBS13.
It seems chanting about the name of the country you live in, while inside the border of that actual country, can hurt some people’s feelings if it’s not done at a certain time. This greatly concerns school officials in California.
The school’s principal, Lori Emmington, sent out an email to families this week and relayed the same message to students, clarifying any confusion. According to CBS13, she told students and parents that sometimes “We can communicate an unintended message.”
In a message on the school’s website she adds, “During an athletic event, when Vista fans are in a competitive environment and cheering their school pride, chanting USA might be confusing.” Read it for yourself here.
She also said it may be best to do the USA chant at “appropriate times.”
Emmington suggests following the national anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance as an appropriate time.
We have to assume any other time might just be too confusing and create an “unintended message” of intolerance, right?
By the way, the theme for the Vista Del Lago Eagles football game this Friday is “USA Pride.”
I wonder what the fans will chant?
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