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Washington school bans red, white and blue 9/11 tribute because it could be ‘racially insensitive’

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Washington high school bans red, white and blue football game tribute honoring victims of 9/11 over fears it could be seen as ‘racially insensitive’

  • Eastlake High School students planned to wear the colors at a game on Friday
  • An unnamed staffer complained and said the tribute could be seen as offensive
  • The tribute was canceled ‘at the last minute’ to the dismay of the students 










Students were banned from honoring the victims of 9/11 by wearing red, white and blue as a tribute at a high school football game because some people could find it ‘racially insensitive’.

Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington, canceled the theme ‘at the last minute’ after a complaint was made by an unnamed staffer.

Pupils, who were not even born at the time of the 2001 attacks, wanted to commemorate the tragedy at the Patriots Day-themed game on the day before its 20th anniversary.

Pupils, who were not even born at the time of the 2001 attacks, wanted to commemorate the tragedy at the Patriots Day-themed game on the day before its 20th anniversary

Pupils, who were not even born at the time of the 2001 attacks, wanted to commemorate the tragedy at the Patriots Day-themed game on the day before its 20th anniversary

The match against Rainier Beach had previously been canceled and rescheduled to take place Friday.

Some students still attended the game wearing red, white and blue but the school did not officially endorse the tribute. 

In an email obtained by the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, the school principal said wearing red, white and blue could ‘unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently’.

A student told his show he was informed the ‘red, white and blue was going to be seen as racially insensitive and may affect people in a way that we will not understand and for that reason that we were to change our theme’.

In a leaked email, one of the school’s associate principals told a parent she understands the ‘sacrifice and values our flag represents, but I think they [school leadership] just did not want to unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently’.

Eastlake High School (pictured) in Sammamish, Washington, canceled the Patriot's Day-themed game 'at the last minute' because of the tribute

Eastlake High School (pictured) in Sammamish, Washington, canceled the Patriot’s Day-themed game ‘at the last minute’ because of the tribute

The school’s principal Chris Bede did not explain why anyone might be offended by seeing the colors at the game.

Shannon Parthemer, the district’s communication director, said: ‘Since it was not a home game, there was no opportunity to have an announcement about Patriots Day and to share why students were dressed in red, white and blue.’

Bede was allegedly taken ‘by surprise’ about the decision to call off the theme, according to the radio station.

It was reportedly made by an unnamed staff member.

The principal told parents: ‘I do want to clarify that schools do not have a right to ban students from wearing anything as long as it is not lewd, vulgar etc.. And the theme of red, white and blue definitely would not fit into that category.’

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