Fort Collins High School made the decision to not allow a spirit day in their school out of fear it would offend a group of students.
According to a commentary by Todd Starnes, student council had proposed having a day to celebrate the United States during the school's winter Spirit Week. They proposed "’Merica Monday," inviting students to dress in patriotic apparel. Their proposal was promptly shot down by administrators.
Student council then proposed "My Country Monday," allowing students to represent their pride in the country they were from. This was rejected by administration as well.
Students aren't forced to participate in spirit days. It really makes you wonder about other spirit days that are planned. What about "Twin Day?" How much could that have potential to offend real twins? How about PJ Day? That can offend someone who doesn't wear pajamas. Crazy hair day has the potential to offend someone who is bald. Hawaiian shirt day has the potential to offend someone who is from Hawaii. Where do you draw the line?
Starnes further pointed out that a student council member, who wished to remain anoymous, pointed out the hypocrisy of students required participation in school Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
"My Country Monday" was later reinstated.
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