A principal from a California school warned that chanting “USA” at pep rallies and sporting events could send an “unintended message” that could come across as intolerant and inappropriate, Gateway Pundit reports.
Lori Emmington, principal of Vista Del Lago High School, made the announcement to students and in an email to parents.
School officials are worried that the chants could appear as intolerant and offensive to some people. “We can communicate an unintended message,” according to the school’s principal in the email to parents.
During a television interview, Folsom Cordova Unified Communications Director Daniel Thigpen clarified they have not banned the chant, but they want young people to be more considerate about what they chant.
“To practice empathy, to practice kindness and to practice patriotism – you can do both,” according to Thigpen.
Parents are not happy with the change. “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,” said a mother of one of Vista Del Lago’s students.