They Thought It Was Patriotic, The School Saw It As Suspendable October 3, 2013 10:36 PM (credit: CBS) Reporting Liz Collin America, Bryce Reps, Celebrate, Color, Homecoming Week, Liz Collin, Merica Day, paint, Red Wing, Red Wing Schools Superintendent Karsten Anderson, suspended, Suspensions, Vandalism RED WING, Minn. (WCCO) â€" Students said they wanted to show their love for their country, but a superintendent believes it went a little too far.
Heâ€™s a senior and took part in the senior â€œprank.â€� Some seniors covered almost every window, some outside doors, even the skylight with the paint. â€œWe have to take these things seriously,â€� Red Wing Schools Superintendent Karsten Anderson said.
Thereâ€™s a bit more to this red, white, and blue demonstration that dates back to last month.
When the high school didnâ€™t mark the anniversary of 9/11 as it had in years past, Reps said he
took it personally. â€œIâ€™m planning to go into the Air Force,â€� Reps said.
He wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper and got a petition signed by 400 students.
The school then decided to always mark the day with a moment of silence. â€œWhenever thereâ€™s a concern by students or parents, we hear them out,â€� Anderson
Then, this week some students wanted Monday to be called Merica Day, without the â€œA.â€� Teachers donâ€™t think they knew the word carries negative connotations. â€œThatâ€™s why we wanted a National Pride Day instead of a reference to a â€˜South Parkâ€™ cartoon,â€� Anderson
Even after kids were told they could dress up, some seniors went ahead with their plans to â€œdecorate,â€� in their own words. â€œMy last day of school was yesterday,â€� Reps said.
Bryce has been suspended for five days.
hopes the punishment doesnâ€™t affect his
future plans. â€œItâ€™s a senior prank, not the crime of the century, or anything along those lines,â€� Reps said.