It’s apparently “offensive and intolerant” when chanting “USA!” during sporting events at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom (CA), according to officials at the school.
Folsom Cordova Unified Communications Director Daniel Thigpen stated they have not actually banned the chant but are urging students to be more considerate about it. He said, “To practice empathy, to practice kindness and to practice patriotism. You can do both.”
The school made it official when the principal sent emails out to all the students’ families regarding the issue of chanting “USA,” saying it “…can communicate an unintended message.”
When speaking to CBC 13, California Interscholastic Federation Commissioner Mike Garrison said, “There’s a time and a place to yell that and cheer that.”
Senior Ryan Bernal believes the school’s opinions on the chant belongs in the garbage and he doesn’t do it to be divisive: “To say USA, you know, we’re all the same. We’re all American. It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is or where you’re from.”
“We’re all one,” Bernal added. “We all stand as one together.”
It is clear Vista Del Lago High School administrators aren’t right in their heads. They are basically telling their students it is wrong to be patriotic and chanting “USA” is an act to be frowned upon. The real divisive act is not in the chanting but in the stifling of said chant.