Folsom high school warns USA chant could send “unintended message”

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Principal Lori Emmington: Coddling special snowflakes.

From CBS13: Controversy has erupted at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom over students chanting “USA.”

It’s a popular way to for students to show pride during sporting events and rallies, but school and district officials are now warning students that the chants could appear inappropriate and intolerant.

“I wasn’t angry, but I was definitely like, ‘Why can’t we chant USA?’” said senior Ryan Bernal, “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.”

The chants are now causing chatter campus-wide after school staff brought up the topic to a leadership class.

Folsom Cordova Unified Communications Director Daniel Thigpen said, “To practice empathy, to practice kindness and to practice patriotism. You can do both.”

At some schools across the country, the chants appeared to be used in derogatory ways toward opponents of different ethnicities. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), which oversees high school athletics, addressed the concerns with local districts.

“There’s a time and a place to yell that and cheer that,” said CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Mike Garrison.

The school’s principal sent out an email to families Wednesday and relayed the same message to students over the school’s P.A. system, clarifying any confusion. She told students and parents that sometimes “We can communicate an unintended message.” She also said USA chanting is welcome, but it may be best to do it at what she says are appropriate times, like following the national anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance.

School officials worry the chants could come across as intolerant and offensive to some, but parents see it differently, as an expression of pride and acceptance.

Mother Natalie Woodbury said, “I want to chant USA because I want us to pull together and help, not because I want anybody to feel left out or not a part of our country. ”

District officials say they want to make clear that there is no ban on chanting USA.

I’m glad that they will still allow our students to cheer for our country,” said Mother Cody Santero.

It’s a chant Bernal says will continue to be about uniting, not dividing. “We’re all one. We all stand as one together,” she said.

The district says there has never been a complaint about USA chants at the school. Students say there’s likely to be a lot of chanting at an upcoming football game, where the theme is USA pride.


24 responses to “Folsom high school warns USA chant could send “unintended message”

  1. The worm has turned, and its M.O. is this: Never to let us see it is spoiling the apple here. If ever spotted, it will always try to turn our attention to something else wrong with the fruit.
    I am GLAD I am out of education: It is a field that attracts some of the STUPIDEST people outside of a crack den that the human race has to offer.

    And I will say something else: God Bless Women. BUT: Sentimentality and the Maternal Instinct have NO PLACE in war, government or education, for this reason: The Devil will always use what is best in women AGAINST US. Everyone seems to go along to Jonestown to drink the Kool-Aid because it has a “great flavor.” NOT ME.

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    • Steven . . . thank you for your excellent reply. I particularly like your expression of “Sentimentality and the Maternal Instinct have NO PLACE in war, government or education . . .” I must admit, I had never thought of this in this exact manner, but I see that that is a very fair assessment of this situation. We have far too much “feel good” proposals in our schools today. Then young people get out of school and find out in the real world that is not the way things are. You will not get a trophy for just showing up . . . unfortunately, you have to put forth some incentive and hard work to make it.

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    • I am also glad to be out of education. The teachers lounge was a pit of spitting liberal vipers. Most of the school system is involved in administration, not education.

      When I was in high school we had 1 principal, 1 VP and a school secretary. That was it for it for 600 students. The same school today has 1 principal, 6 vice principals, 10 administration assistants, 4 counselors, 4 nurses, a psychologist and a multitude of classroom assistants. The school had 450 students last year.

      A new school position I had never heard of was a student “shadow”. This is an adult who attends class with the student and keeps the student from killing someone. Honestly, the people are supposed to pull the student out of class if the little angel gets triggered.

      If your kids or grandkids are in public school, get them out. Homeschool them. Yes it may mean a financial sacrifice but your child’s soul is at stake.

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      • Ha, ha, excellent write up. When my son was in high school, I had occasion to meet with his vice principal. He informed me that the school had six vice principals, assorted deans, and other counselors.

        I laughed and he took offense. I told him (truthfully) that the school I attended had roughly 5,000 students and one (count ’em) one principle and one vice principle. We had one dean of men and one dean of women. I had 1,100 kids in my graduating class.

        The total school enrollment for my son’s school was 700. The comparison was striking. It was not an improvement.

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      • Now, how can you say that? I mean, the Rockefellers were the ones who set up the whole shebang! 🙂 I’m kidding of course. It’s a great way to siphon off loads of stolen tax money every year. Homeschooling is a godsend. Of course communist societies outlaw it, but thankfully we aren’t quite there yet. You also might find Ned Beaumont’s book interesting, “The Policeman is Your Friend and Other Lies”.

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  2. Aren’t people of differing ethnicities happy and proud to be in the U.S.A.? If it offends them they just don’t belong, and if they are illegal aliens, they certainly do not belong, and offending them should be the goal.

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  3. How dare someone chant “USA, USA” and offend some snowflake.
    The elaborate tiptoeing around the issue hides the 800-pound gorilla
    in America. Many, if not most, immigrants (haven’t done scientific
    survey) in the USA do not view themselves as Americans.
    I taught chemistry and physics for decades in a 99% minority
    high school in Los Angeles.
    I had a student in my AP Chem class who had been offered a 100% scholarship
    to UCLA. He told me “Help me with my US history homework.
    I am not a f—ing American. I don’t care about your history.
    I am a Mexican.” Typical of most students at that school.
    They also hated blacks intensely. Our black principal was forced
    off the stage at an assembly with thousands of chants of
    “F— the n—–.” They are not assimilating to traditional
    American culture and values.

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    • When my Brother-in-law moved to America from Denmark some 50 years ago,he did it the LEGAL way,and he says the proudest moment of his life was the day he could honestly say, “I’m an AMERICAN!” He has no respect at all for illegals;he says that no matter WHAT they may tell you,they don’t have any “skin in the game”,they have no ties to the USA,and since they’re violating the law just getting here,they’ll likely have no qualms with lying to stay here and stay out of prison.
      BTW-people who come to the US legally,and become American Citizens are,almost to a man,the most decent and law abiding Americans there are,BECAUSE they have waited for Months and Years,worked their asses off and spent everything they had to EARN the right to say “I’m an AMERICAN.” That’s the TRUE epitome of “having skin in the game”.

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  4. I used to write a column for the local newspaper in this town in the ’70’s! That was before the communist takeover.

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  5. “There is a time and place to yell and cheer that.” What better time than a sports event, what better place than a stadium or arena?!

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  6. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:

    ” … sometimes, ‘We can communicate an unintended message.'” As in, “I love my country and reject globalism.” Rampant tyranny, brutality, and corruption may be cherished by some, but they are not by decent Americans. If that is what makes one happy, go there, such countries are in great number and not difficult to travel to. Don’t make our great nation like one of them.

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  7. If any one is here in the United States of America, taking advantage of our education, our welfare, our “free” and open society and gets offended by students chanting “USA”; “USA”; “USA”‘ at a sporting event they are the ones with the problem, NOT the students, the school or the sporting event. To put it another way, if you do not like us, then leave!!!!

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  8. So much for the tolerant school system.


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  10. WOW That was an amazing Talk! Amazing interview
    All the best to the Team! With peace, love, unity…


  11. I am sure that most of the protesters in this video attended a “tolerant” public school system:

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  12. None of their actions will stand scrutiny. That’s why they first had to destroy logic and education. These creeps are like dogs who are trained to do as they’re told (only not nearly as nice).

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  13. Can’t offend Democrats’ new replacement supporters, you know…

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  14. The last time I was there it appeared to be a fait accompli.

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  15. FELLOWSHIP OF THE MINDS, i love the work you do


  16. I bet those teachers love the $$ they get from THE USA tax coffers!


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