July 11, 2003
Some parents in Oregon are trying to prevent officials from flying the American flag at a school district-funded learning center because they say the flag doesn’t represent freedom anymore, reports the Associated Press.
A 13-year-old student who attempted to get officials at the Willow Wind Community Learning Center in Ashland, Ore. to fly the flag was told it wasn’t going to happen because some students might be offended. The center is funded by the local school district and supports home-schooled students in the area.
One of those who would be offended is Tracy Bungay, who said, “I want to raise my children to be citizens of the world, and the flag does not represent ideals I want to instill… It represents dominance, greed, corporate power and not freedom."
Willow Wind officials may not have a choice, though. State law requires that the flag be flown at all schools.