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CA High School Warns Students that Chanting ‘USA’ at Games Could Send ‘Unintended Message’

So it has come to this.

A high school in California felt compelled recently to issue a warning of sorts to students…about chanting “USA” at school sporting events.


According to CBS Sacramento, school officials at Del Lago High School in Folsom are concerned about the message the chant conveys to other students.

The Del Lago principal, Lori Emmington, sent an email to families letting them know that the school had discussed the appropriateness of the chant in terms of “sportsmanship, empathy, and kindness.”

The resolution of the discussion?

Del Lago staff decided that while the chant is OK at events oriented on a patriotic event or theme, that the chant recited at garden variety school sporting events “might be confusing” to those of other ethnicities who may see it as an exercise in xenophobia.

One student seemed genuinely confused over the fuss.

“I wasn’t angry, but I was definitely like, ‘Why can’t we chant USA?’” senior Ryan Bernal said about the warnings issued by his school. “To say USA, you know, we’re all the same. We’re all American. It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is or where you’re from.”

While CBS Sacramento reports that the school was actually cued by the local school district to have the discussion with students, district officials emphasize there is no actual ban on the “USA” chant.

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large