DeFlagging

The Mexican flag is gone. The student who moved it is suspended.

Klein ISD spokeswoman Trazanna Moreno said a student at the high school had requested and been granted permission to hang the flag from a hallway balcony to celebrate his heritage during the annual celebration. Another student tore the flag down and threw it in a trash can, she said.

Moreno said the school has been inundated with phone calls since the incident became a local talk radio topic.

On its Web site, the district issued the following statement:

“Neither the Klein Independent School District nor any of its campuses has flown another country or state's flag on a pole outside of its facilities.

“Neither the Klein Independent School District nor any of its campuses has flown the American flag upside down.

“Neither the Klein Independent School District nor any of its campuses has displayed another country or state's flag in a manner that would dishonor or disrespect the American flag or the Texas state flag.

“It is unfortunate that one person's misinformation has caused such a disruption for our students. The facts are as stated above.”

All this consciousness raising about proper patriotic etiquette is terrific, isn't it? The president might call it a teachable moment!