Students at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, have apologized for wearing patriotic red, white, and blue outfits at a recent basketball game. It was because some members of the opposing team from Des Moines North State, are refugees that the colors were determined to be offensive. According to WhoTV.com, Assistant Coach Morgan Wheat said, “Everything just blows up after the game, and I’m still hearing about it this morning.”
 
Some Valley High students opted to wear clothing of a patriotic hue on March 10 instead of the school colors, which are orange and black. Assistant Coach Wheat expressed outrage, saying, “Any normal person, any educated person can look at that and think what the hell are these kids thinking,” presumably in reference to President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders that limit immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries.
 
According to Fox News Insider, student leaders from Valley High School went to Des Moines North High School to hand deliver the following mea culpa to offended parties:
 
To the Students and Staff of North High School:
 
It has been brought to our attention that the decision by the Valley High School student section to wear U.S.A. apparel at our game last night was offensive to members of your community and fan base. We are deeply sorry if we have offended anyone in any way. We have traditionally dressed in such a fashion for great games such as the one last night. Everyone here at Valley has immense respect not only for your team and players but for your community as a whole. Please know that our intent was in no way to offend or demean—just to support our own team in a way we have done before.
 
Congratulations on a wonderful season and we wish you nothing but the best of luck in the future.
 
Sincerely,
 
Valley High School Student Council Leadership
 
North High School basketball coach Chad Ryan said he that he had so focused on the game that he had not noticed the patriotic apparel. He said, according to the Des Moines Register that he would not judge the motivations of the students from the opposing team. Ryan said, “I don’t want to judge those young people not knowing their motives." Ryan added,"What I will say is we’re proud of our diversity at North High School — not only on our basketball team, but our population."


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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