In response to “.‘Home of the Vikings’ isn’t welcome at West” (2/6, Local): It is wonderful that Principal Charles McLean took issue with his students being disrespectful when singing the national anthem.
Officials at Shawnee Mission West kicked out students who chose to exercise their “free speech” by changing the last few words to “Home of the Vikings” rather than “Home of the brave.”
Singing the national anthem is a sign of respect. I’m so glad Mr. McLean saw this as a perfect example to impress upon this lesson up on his students (and adults as well).
Show respect when attending sporting events for those who have served in the military past or present. Show respect for those who gave their lives in service for their country. Show respect for the freedoms you are lucky enough to enjoy each and every day.
Principal McLean saw a teachable moment and made sure he didn’t waste the opportunity. I want to thank him. I only hope more adults and young people will follow his lead.
Dianna L. Scalf