RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A photo showing a Pennsylvania student standing on an American flag while another flips the bird is outraging simpletons on social media.
The photo was taken in a Richland Township classroom and was posted on Facebook by a former student over the weekend.
The boy’s mother says he did a “stupid and impulsive thing”, and that he has apologized for his actions.
But many on social media were so offended, they called the police insisting legal action be taken.
Police officers were sent to the district’s high school on Tuesday regarding the incident.
The Richland Township Police Department released this statement:
“The Richland Township Police Department has become aware of a disrespectful picture being passed along through Facebook. We have been in contact with the Richland School District and will work with them in resolving this issue. Thank you to everyone who took time to notify us of this situation.”
The district called the photo “unfortunate and unpatriotic” and promises “appropriate legal discipline.”
“From the Superintendent of Schools on behalf of the Richland School District Solicitor:
The Richland School District has become aware of this unfortunate and unpatriotic picture posted by some of its students. This type of picture does not represent the opinion of the District or of its overall student population. The District promises a timely and thorough review of this incident and will implement appropriate legal discipline.”
Richland School District Solicitor
The school has ramped up security in response to the outrage.
“Due to the nationwide scope of this controversial incident, the district is increasing our on-campus security in an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of its students, faculty and staff.”
Witold Walczak, a legal director at the ACLU, issued a call for calm on Monday.
“While everyone has a right to agree or disagree with his move to step on the flag, some of the comments against the school, the teen and his family have created the threat of a safety risk”, Walczak said.
The police have yet to file any criminal charges.