Washington High School Scraps Plans for Patriotic Attire During 9/11 Tribute, Says it Could Be Seen as ‘Racially Insensitive’

Washington High School Scraps Plans for Patriotic Attire During 9/11 Tribute, Says it Could Be Seen as ‘Racially Insensitive’


Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington, canceled plans for students to wear patriotic attire on 9/11 over concerns that wearing red, white and blue could be perceived as “racially insensitive.”

Plans for students to dress in a Patriot’s Day theme for a football game at Memorial Stadium were scrapped at the last minute over complaints by an unnamed staffer.

Though some students still dressed up, it was not endorsed or supported by the school.

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In an email from Principal Chris Bede obtained by KTTH, he stated that the colors could “unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.”

“Our leadership teachers made this decision and explained it to students,” Bede wrote. “I know tomorrow is 9/11 and understand the sacrifice and values our flag represents, but I think they just did not want to unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.”

Multiple students expressed dismay over the decision.

“At this point, I was fairly

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