What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Posted June 3rd, 2011 by Jim Ettwein

No US Flag?

I was at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School on Tuesday evening to present a scholarship to a graduating senior.  We award this scholarship each year in the amount of $2,000.  While I was waiting for my turn (> $300,000 was awarded to over 200 students) I looked around and noticed all the bright shining faces of the expectant students. 

@ AB Graduation the Chinese Communist flag flies proudly!

I also noticed that there was no American Flag anywhere to be seen.  Could this be true?  An American High School in an affluent town must be able to afford a flag for the auditorium.  Surely I was mistaken.  I looked more when I was on stage during my presentation, figuring maybe I just couldn’t see it from my seat.  Nope.  No flag.  Nowhere.  I sent a letter to the principal asking for an explanation.  I offered to have my American Legion Post buy as many flags as the school needs to show proper consideration to the source of a free education in America.

I wonder if the disdain for America has grown to such a degree that even our schools are ashamed at being identified as American.  We all remember the schools that wanted to display the Mexican flag, but not the American flag. 

Where is it?

I wonder if this attitude toward our country, our government, our way of life should be reflected the next time the schools ask for their Prop 2-1/2 override.  Should we support a school district that doesn’t believe in America?  I can only speak for myself.  I’ll think twice.  rr

5 Responses to “What’s Wrong With This Picture?”

  1. Perplexed Senior

    The ChiCom flag at graduation, what a disgrace and what are the administrators thinking? A country that has killed millions of their citizens since the revolution after WW II and continues to imprison hundreds of thousands. They obviously do not know their history or maybe they do and are sympathetic. If that is the case, I fear for our future.

  2. Sue

    I suspect it was there because perhaps they had the flags of the countries of the exchange students. I know they used to do that. But I wonder if the Chicoms would allow a student to come here. Whatever the reason, it is hard to see it there. I guess I am just not inclusive enough. Or perhaps I am a xenophobe.

  3. Mark Cain


  4. AB Student

    I cannot believe how skewed the facts included in this article are. There is an American flag in every classroom at ABRHS. At graduation, an American flag was flying proudly behind the graduating seniors. There were also flags from countries that the AB student body represents – including China – because our school community is diverse and just as proud of this diversity as we should be. If you were at graduation, you know that we put our hands over our hearts and listened to the national anthem. We also listened to students deliver an international welcome in several different languages. We celebrated the fact that we are American, but we also nodded to our diversity. Sure, buy a flag for the auditorium. I’m sure that would be appreciated. But please do not unfairly suggest that AB’s faculty or student body are “ashamed at being identified as American,” as this is both unfair and untrue.

  5. AB Student #2

    Although I am just seeing this post, I agree with the other AB student’s comment- you are making ridiculous assumptions. There are indeed American flags in every classroom. There is also a massive flagpole situated directly in front of the school entrance bearing the MA and US flags. I’m assuming you didn’t notice- as opposed to omitting it from your article to mislead your readers. My school is not ashamed to be American, but I think most of us would be pretty ashamed to be receiving scholarships from someone who would purposely lie about our patriotism to gain blog hits. I hope you just made an honest mistake.