Skylar Russell wears a flag as a cape outside Fort Collins High School on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. The student was protesting the administration's decision to not allow "'Merica Monday" in their school as part of the school's spirit week. Photo Credit: Brittney Albelo

The following statement was released by Mark Eversole at 11 am on Tuesday, February 4: 

Dear Parents:

We apologize for our recent decision regarding My Country Monday and that it was seen as not patriotic. This could not be further from the truth. The original intent of Spread the Love week at Fort Collins High School was to unify the student body.

When students first proposed "Merica Monday," we felt that it was against this unifying theme and disrespectful to our country. Merica is a slang term that is often used in a negative stereotypical way to describe life in the United States. This is what led us to discuss alternatives with students.

We were surprised that our community interpreted our actions as anti-American. We are a proud public school in America and support many activities to celebrate our great nation. Due to this outpouring of sentiment and misinterpretation of our intentions, we have decided to rename the first day of Spread the Love week to "America Day" as opposed to "Merica Day."

We look forward to enjoying the creativity and energy of our students as they celebrate their patriotism next week.

Mark Eversole