Why They Called Her A Racist After Seeing Her Yearbook Photo Is Beyond Insane!

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Indeed, our high schoolers would say that the year 2020 has been tough enough. However, one student from Lewis and Clark High School is now in jeopardy for not having her photo in their yearbook. She has been called “Racist, white supremacist, boot licker” just because of her submitted photos.

Sierra Athos, 17, a high school senior in Spokane has had two senior yearbook photos rejected because she posed with an American flag.

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Athos just wanted to incorporate something in her senior pictures that represent her personality. Thus, after she submitted a couple of pictures for publishing in the Lewis and Clark High School yearbook, she was shocked when the staff informed her that she would have to submit different photos.

As anticipated, most public schools forbid vulgar and explicitly political symbolism in students’ photos. However, the icon that allegedly defied school policy was far from either. As a matter of fact, it was an object that can easily be located within the school premises.

The Spokesman-Review reported that Athos initially submitted a photo of herself standing in front of a pickup truck with a Trump 2020 flag and an American flag at her back.

She said that most of her classmates have used props in their pictures and none of them had a problem.

Altos said:

“That wasn’t surprising. I have been notified by other people that their yearbook picture has been accepted and they have props in the background, so this makes me think it’s more than about props.”

Because the first photo was rejected, she submitted another picture of her wearing an American Flag draped over her shoulders. Unfortunately, the school administration sent her another email rejecting and citing the same concern and calling the flag a prop.

Sierra Athos

The picture was rejected since it contained the American flag, which Athos had wrapped around her shoulders, as Olympic medalists and professional athletes often do while representing the U.S.  Athos explained that she was “excited to submit her patriotic pictures” only to be disheartened when the administration sent her an email saying that the second photo she submitted had been rejected due to Old Glory, according to WBNS.

Athos presumed that the school had rejected her picture because of the outlandish squabble surrounding the country’s symbol. However, the Spokesman-Review reported that the school claimed that simply wasn’t the case. Instead, they insisted it was because the flag is being used as a “prop,” which the school has banned from photos.

Frustrated, Altos complained about the pictures with flags being rejected from the yearbook on social media on Dec. 6, 2020.

Athos posted:

“If everyone keeps claiming that I am using the flag as ’clothing’ then there’s no way that it could be a ‘prop’ therefore making it acceptable in the yearbook. I am sick of the people saying I am the opposite of patriotic for this picture and will not let them spew the lies.”

“I have been notified by other people that their yearbook picture has been accepted and they have props in the background, so this makes me think it’s more than about props.”

Marybeth Smith, Principal of Lewis and Clark High School, responded that the school has a policy against the inclusion of “props” in photos.

According to Smith, the policy prohibiting props was adopted the year Athos became a senior. However, Athos says others have been approved to have props in their photos. Unsettlingly, her insistence has resulted in netizens defaming her as a “white supremacist, racist, bootlicker” and other slurs online.

The school administration has since provided supplemental reasoning to support its decision. According to Smith, Athos was disrespecting the national symbol with her use of the banner, which is why the photo was disapproved.

Principal Marybeth Smith stated:

“We do not and have not banned the American flag from inclusion in photos. In the past we have celebrated students who have enlisted in the military by using senior photos highlighting their branch of service – student in uniform and US flag displayed behind them. It’s been an honor to portray our seniors in this way. We have rejected a photo this year in which our American flag was displayed in a way not sanctioned by Title Four, US Code, Chapter One. We say the Pledge daily during school, we have our flag displayed in accordance with Code guidelines on our stage during all school events and we even have one of the largest US flags in this area in our gym – it is celebrated during the playing of our National Anthem prior to athletic competitions held there. We respect our flag as much as any school in the area and were concerned that in the photo submitted it was being used as a prop in the photo and was not being afforded appropriate regard.”

Athos doesn’t believe the school’s reasoning. She thinks that they were just wishing to prevent any offense from the community and were trying to do damage control since the media have caught onto her story.

After her Facebook post garnered public attention, school officials met with Athos and her parents. Although there’s no report on whether her photo will be included in the yearbook, she says she won’t be submitting another.

Althos said:

“I think they are trying to bring politics into it. I don’t know why loving your country is political but I guess that’s what it is these days. Once they found out the news was involved, then they started caring.”

“I’m not going to submit anything else, so that’s the picture I want in the yearbook, and either I get that or nothing,”

Sierra Athos

Needless to say, there were multiple faults in the principal’s excuses. Although the US Code does outline proper conduct for the American flag, it is now widely accepted that wearing the flag as a garment or on an article of clothing is not disrespectful.

Sources: taphaps, Youtube/Inside Story, khq, policetribune, wbns, spokesman