Outrageous High School Displays American Flag on the Ground for Free Speech Lesson
An Illinois high school is under fire for displaying an American flag on the ground.
The display at York Community High School in Elmhurst is a recreation of a 1989 art display and is intended to encourage students "to explore the complexities of the constitutionally protected right of free speech by examining real cases," Principal Erin DeLuga said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
"This is in no way meant 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," DeLuga wrote.
The school's Facebook page was flooded with negative comments, with parents, students and members of the community expressing outrage.
"Absolutely disgraceful. The flag should never touch the ground," Patti Arvanitis Sotos wrote.
"Disappointed and ashamed," Josh Jonkman said.
"Pick the flag up! What a disgrace," Meghan Marie wrote.
On "Fox & Friends" this morning, Steve Doocy agreed that the flag should never touch the ground, even if it's part of a lesson on the First Amendment.
"If you wanted to recreate something from 1989, there are pictures of it. Just show the picture. Don't actually put a flag on the ground," Doocy said. "You're not supposed to do that."
"You should never use the flag in that manner," Abby Huntsman agreed.
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