It was proved that truth is stronger than fiction when students at Valley High School apologized to a neighboring school for wearing red, white, and blue during a recent basketball game. The apology followed complaints from the opposing fans, who claimed that the USA-themed gear was ‘offensive.’
However, students argued that themed attire had been used in some past games against several schools, but the North’s fans insisted that it was a personal attack against them because some of the rival school’s players came from refugee families.
Last week, student leaders at valley sent an apology to Des Moines North High School.
The controversy got so intense that a group of student leaders from Valley wound up hand-delivering a note of apology to North’s principal.
If you go to the local news coverage you can see footage from the actual basketball game as well as interviews with a number of students from Des Moines North High School. Nothing taking place at the game really seems all that controversial or shocking, and in fact, the fans in the bleachers on both sides all seemed to be cheering. It’s also worth pointing out that the “offensive” clothing in question was not being worn by the players from Valley High. It was the parents and other students in attendance who were participating in the theme for the evening which was simply described as a “USA theme.” Some of the fans wore flag-themed shirts and others held up an actual American flag as they cheered for their team.
If we’re to have a chat with anybody over this, it probably shouldn’t be the players. Somebody needs to talk to the teachers. Obviously, something has gone very wrong at that high school if this is the response that the site of an American flag elicits.