Ft. Collins school changes ‘Merica Day’ to ‘America Day’ in response to protests

Posted on: 12:39 pm, February 4, 2014, by , updated on: 12:43pm, February 4, 2014

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A Fort Collins high school principal issued an email to parents Tuesday in response to protests surrounding the school’s ban on “Merica Day.”

According to the Fort Collins’ Coloradoan, a group of adults and students gathered early Tuesday outside the school’s entrance to protest the Fort Collins High School’s administrative decision to ban “Merica Day.”

By 9 a.m., about a dozen protesters were present, waving American flags and openly expressing their opinions about the school’s decision.

The school’s student council was responsible for planning the themes for each day of spirit week, which is celebrated the week of Valentine’s Day, said a student member. The council proposed “Merica Day,” intended as a way for students to show their patriotism. But the proposed theme was met with uncertainty by the school’s administrative staff.

Administrators thought the day could be offensive to international students, said the student council member.

Initially, the school proposed “Merica Day” be renamed as “My Country Monday” to allow students to show pride for each of their home country.

But the compromise did not appease many students and parents.

“Isn’t it a shame that we can celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but not our own country?” Jim Winerbrener, a Fort Collins resident, told the local newspaper Tuesday as he protested in cold temperatures. “It’s tragic.”

Fort Collins High School principal Mark Eversole sent an email to parents around 10:52 a.m. Tuesday, apologizing if the ban of “Merica Monday” seemed unpatriotic. However, he stressed that administrators felt “Merica” was a slang tern “often used in a negative stereotypical way to describe life in the United States.”

Surprised by the student body and parents’ reaction to the ban, Eversole said the school has decided to rename the first day of spirit week as “America Day.”

3 comments

  • dapandico says:

    Caught and challenged. Principal is walking the dog back rather quickly.

  • Shane Faw says:

    Theodore Roosevelt’s ideas on immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

    “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

    Why are we celebrating other Countries at this school or worried about there feelings.. If they are for one. Living in this country as an American ? There only loyalty should be America and it should not offend them.. It offends Me as an American they are celebrating any other Country here besides America.. If your so proud of what you call Your Country and want to celebrate it… LIVE THERE.. God Bless America Love it or leave it..

  • D.R. Commish says:

    It’s called “Alliteration” Mr. Eversole….
    The definition of which is probably not taught any longer in Ft. Collins….

    (Hope he’s OK….You throw a car into reverse this fast and you risk ruining it.)

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