To the editor:
It has come to my attention that all American flags have been removed from all classrooms in the elementary public school here in Perry. This action apparently took place two years ago and was sanctioned by the then elementary school principal.
That principal has since left the school system.
This issue is reminiscent of the actions of the Community Choice Credit Union in Des Moines several years ago, when Veterans Memorial Auditorium was being remodeled and “renamed.”
While all groups and nationalities should be respected, “political correctness” has apparently taken a wrong turn. Allegiance to our country should be taught and respected regardless where a child came from.
While you may or may not be citizens supporting the Perry school system, care must be taken to be ever vigilant and watchful in our communities.
The recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance takes no longer than 15 seconds. Even the busiest and most active classrooms should include it. Your feedback on this issue is welcome.
Mike Kelley, Perry