One High School principal in Chicago has drawn the ire and outrage of a number of parents and the community. He’s under fire for an unorthodox lesson about free speech that involved placing the United States flag on the floor.
Principal Eric DeLuga of York Community High School in Chicago, Illinois, wanted to show the students about the contradictions present in the right to free speech, and prompt a discussion. However, one patriotic student was angry at the display and posted the image online. What happened next was a barrage of angered parents who blasted the school and the principal for the method he used.
Tyler Weber posted the image with the caption, “So what f****** point are you trying to make here – this world is getting more and more f***** up.”
It seems rather obvious that this student has seen enough disrespect of the flag and the anthem recently. He was angry at the recreation of a Dread Scott exhibition from 1989. It was in poor taste then, and is even more inflammatory now.
The original exhibition, “What is the proper way to display a US flag?” was an offensive, and according to President George Bush Sr. “disgraceful,” display. It was designed to garner shock value at the School of Art Institute of Chicago nearly 30 years ago.
In fact, it was a hurtful exhibit that was specifically designed to generate the sort of ire that has brought the country to where it is now, a society where a whole section of the population hates everything about America and tries to destroy it, while living off the benefits it has provided them.
Principal DeLuga said, “The purpose of the forum was to explore the complexities of the constitutionally protected right of free speech by examining real cases.”
Yet, how is this a “real case?” It was an offensive ‘art’ display that caused heartache and pain, while furthering the liberal agenda to destroy and demean anything venerable, noble, or good.
First Amendment rights are seriously under attack by violent leftists. Most activists try to stop anyone from purporting a viewpoint that is contrary to their own. No one has argued that the school doesn’t have the “right” to display the flag in a method not sanctioned by the state of Illinois, but angry parents have questioned the appropriateness.
DeLuga added, “The York display did not intend to disrespect the flag, the military, or the government; rather, it was used for students to reconcile their feelings about current issues and whether their 1st Amendment rights are protected.”
However, according to some parents, that statement rings false. One angry person wrote, “You say that this in no way was mean to be disrespectful, but in all reality it most certainly was.”
Another alumnus added, “I am appalled at this form of teaching.”
After the backlash, the York Community High School released this statement,
“On Tuesday, September 26, York Community High School’s entire sophomore class explored First Amendment rights as part of a day-long, interdisciplinary forum that centered on banned books, music, social media and the American flag.
“We ask our students to think critically about issues relevant to them and our society. At the same time, we understand that this demonstration caused some angst in the larger community and for that, we deeply apologize.”
The principal added that the school would make changes to the forum to “ensure” that no disrespect to the flag is shown again.
There is no doubt that certain speech is regulated. People are legally accountable for inciting violence, a person can’t share classified government information, and it’s actually against the law to burn the flag. All of those controls are reasonable.
Free speech isn’t about being as outrageous as possible so that a person becomes famous through the fury they ignite, it’s about allowing free ideas to occur in order to make American society better. Yet, that is the very concept leftists who disrespect the flag under the guise of free speech fear, and what want to stop. Fortunately, the school listened to the community this time, and have removed the offensive display.