Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom, California has told students that chanting “USA” at sporting events could appear intolerant.
The schools principal sent an email to parents and made an announcement to students that said that in chanting “USA” “we can communicate an unintended message.”
Mother Natalie Woodbury said, “I want to chant USA because I want us to pull together and help, not because I want anybody to feel left out or not a part of our country. ”
Neither the school or the district has announced any restrictions against using the popular chant, but the message that showing national pride may be offensive or intolerant is troubling.
The district has never received a complaint about USA chants at the high school and students say there’s likely to be a lot of chanting at this Friday’s football game, where the theme is USA pride.