Mike Hewitt, a concerned parent from Michigan, posted a picture of Roseville High School’s dress code as distributed in the school’s information packet for the upcoming school year.
The letter listed the U.S. Flag along with other items students were prohibited from wearing at school.
In his post, he asked: “See anything wrong with this dress code? Join me in filling their email box with logic, common sense and a …. reminder. ‘only a fool would let his enemy teach his children.’ – Malcolm X’.”
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Within an hour the school had apologized, explaining that the statement should “have specified that the flag should not be worn in a demeaning manner.”
Shortly thereafter, Roseville school officials through its Facebook page, reassured parents that the school “has a long history of working with the VFW and other patriotic groups. We should never ban the appropriate display of the American flag.” Its post supplied a link to the school’s handbook
But compare the two lists. The School Dress Code on the left below specifies that “[f]lags shall not be worn in a demeaning manner.” This encompasses all flags, and does not specify the American flag.
However, the letter distributed to parents deliberately changed the broad language concerning respect for all flags to single out only the American flag as a prohibited item. How does such an oversight happen?
The school board was quick to blame the “error” on apparent oversight in combining “several district and building policies”, updating the community’s website accordingly:
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