Lexington, Mass. The place where the “shot heard round the world” was fired, the birthplace of the American Revolution, and now, the home of a high school whose administration has vetoed an “American Pride” dance theme because it is “too American.”
Students on the dance committee at Lexington High School voted on the theme for their junior/senior dance and chose “American Pride,” a seemingly appropriate theme for a school whose mascot is the Minuteman. Their decision was quickly vetoed, however, when the powers that be decided the theme was not inclusive enough.
“Given the diverse demography of our community,” Assistant Superintendent Carol Pilarski said, “it was suggested by the advisers that the students come in maybe national pride theme so they could represent their individual nationalities.” The theme was changed to “National Pride” instead.
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The decision has induced a lot of debate in the community, with several students voicing their displeasure over the change.
“People consider America to be a melting pot,” student Sneha Rao said, “so the fact that it was even considered offensive is what people are a little surprised about.”
Another student, Ethan Embry, said he thought the decision was “ridiculous” and rooted in “hypersensitivity to being politically correct.”
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Pilarski, however, stands by the decision. When asked by a reporter if she thought it was “one of those ideas that might be too politically correct or trying to please all the people all the time,” she answered, “I don’t believe that’s the case, no.”
The newly themed “National Pride” dance will take place in April. Students have been told they can wear red, white, and blue to the dance “if they choose to.”
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