Foxborough Yearbook Bans ‘Disrespectful’ American Flag Photo
18-year-old senior, Morgan Truax, was trying to show her patriotism with a photo featuring the American Flag in the background. But Foxborough High School is refusing to allow the photo in the yearbook. To congratulate Morgan on her hard work, Morgan's employer bought a page in her yearbook. School officials saw the photo and told her they were uncomfortable with the American flag in the background.
In a Facebook post, Morgan's mom, Lisa, wrote “Does anyone find this photo offensive? Apparently, Foxborough High School finds it offensive. They won’t allow the picture in the yearbook, because it’s the American flag. We are American! We live in America! OMG, what is this country coming to?”
Channel 5 spoke with school officials who explained that it was not the American flag itself, but its presentation that worries them. "The photo showed the United States flag, hanging on a wall, with the lower portion lying on the floor, and the student standing on the flag,” Principal Diana M. Myers-Pachla said in a statement. “We do not view standing on the U.S. flag as respectful or appropriate.”
In an effort to compromise, the yearbook adviser suggested to crop the photograph in the yearbook. When officials spoke with a representative of the local veteran’s agency, they were advised to not include any version of the image at all. "In my professional opinion, this photograph, as it is, or even cropped, would be an inappropriate display of the United States flag."