LOS ALTOS, Calif. – Locals are calling out a California middle school after they allege it flew the American flag upside down for an entire school day, though officials claim otherwise.
Blach Intermediate School Principal Bhavna Narula confirmed to Fox News’ Todd Starnes that the American flag was recently posted upside down on the school’s flagpole, though she claims the incident was an innocent mistake.
“We, too, were surprised and immediate corrected the mistake,” she said. “Of course, the American flag is never to be flown in that manner.”
The principal alleged she took action immediately after a community member alerted her to the problem. She alleged a staff member raised the flag incorrectly by mistake, and she was unaware. A Starnes follower, however, contends Old Glory remained upside down for the entire day.
The reader, who was not identified, told Starnes they noticed the flag when they drove by the school and went inside to inquire.
“I am just shocked and appalled,” the reader told Starnes. “I truly believe that what they are teaching in our schools is that it is okay to disrespect our flag.”
Principal Narula is sticking to her story.
“This was truly a mistake,” she said. “We respectfully and diligently work to follow established flag protocols in our daily raising and lowering of our American flag.”
The incident is only the latest in a recent wave of complaints about schools or teachers America’s symbols of freedom.
Late last month, students and parents raged over an “exhibit” at Elmhurst, Illinois’ York High School, which involved a recreation of artist Dread Scott’s controversial “What is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag?” The piece at York High featured an American flag on the ground, surrounded by little white plastic chains, the Chicago Tribune reports.
“As a York alum and American citizen, I am appalled,” one commenter wrote, according to the Elmhurst Patch. “Our country’s flag must never be on the ground.”
Around the same time, a member of the School District U46 school board took to Facebook to denounced the American flag as “nothing more than toilet paper to me,” EAGnews reports.
More recently in Littleton, Massachusetts, a teacher at Russell Street Elementary decided to take a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, mimicking the recent movement of NFL players who refuse to stand and honor those who provided their freedoms.
“I agree with what they’re doing, I just don’t think it’s the proper place for it,” one parent told NBC Boston. “I think trying to impart your own political views to students … I think it’s inappropriate.”