The Folsom, California school district is trying to quash student patriotism.

The Vista Del Lago High School in the Folsom school district has a tradition of chanting “USA” at school sporting events…and that is being deemed offensive.

This attempt to squelch the obvious patriotism of these northern California teens is not going without opposition.

Folsom California is near Sacramento, and while it may be best known for Folsom Prison, this town of town of 72,000 is becoming known for some very patriotic young people.

CBS 13 reports:

“Controversy erupts at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom over students chanting “USA.”

It’s a popular way to for students to show pride during sporting events and rallies, but school and district officials are now warning students that the chants could appear inappropriate and intolerant.

“I wasn’t angry, but I was definitely like, ‘Why can’t we chant USA?’” said senior Ryan Bernal, “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.”

Controversy erupts at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom over students chanting “USA.”

It’s a popular way to for students to show pride during sporting events and rallies, but school and district officials are now warning students that the chants could appear inappropriate and intolerant.

“I wasn’t angry, but I was definitely like, ‘Why can’t we chant USA?’” said senior Ryan Bernal, “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.”

The California Interscholastic Federation notified school districts across the state about concerns the “USA” chant might be used in a derogatory manner.

Fox News reports:

But that does not appear to be the case at Vista Del Lago High School.

“To say USA, you know, we’re all the same,” student Ryan Bernal told the television station.

“We’re all American. It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is or where you’re from.”

That young man has more common sense that most of the grownups in charge of the school district.

“We’re all one,” Ryan said. “We all stand as one together.”

It should be stressed that there’s never been a complaint about the “USA” chants – not one.

The only people expressing angst about public demonstrations of American pride are school staffers.

Perhaps the school district should be more concerned about the unintended message that sends. “

What is particularly grating about the school districts crack down on the “USA” chant is it happened on the anniversary of 9/11.

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