Marysville schools’ rule on Thin Blue Line Flag inconsistent

In a letter to parents on Sept. 27, Dr. Chris Pearson, Marysville School District interim superintendent stated that all “Thin Blue Line” flags must be removed from school property (“Marysville teacher told to take Thin Blue Line Flag off wall,” The Herald, Sept. 29). The reason given was this flag is politically motivated, making a political statement and offensive.

I have always been under the belief that schools were a place where we learn from our teachers who are highly educated. Based on this decision my belief is wrong. If it were true the real meaning of the Thin Blue Line flag would be known. The Thin Blue Line flag represents those in law enforcement by nature of their duty to stand on the “Thin Blue Line” which separates good from evil. The black space above the blue line represents society that law enforcement protects; the black line below the blue line represents crime, chaos and anarchy.

This flag has been in existence since the early 1900s but most recent existence goes back to 1962 in New York. So, to say it is politically motivated is a blatant example of a lack of education and information. This flag is displayed in honor of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Unlike the Black Lives Matter flags and shirts that have been allowed to remain on campus. The BLM movement is a politically motivated organization that was started in 2013 but did not gain notoriety and gain traction until the protest in the death of George Floyd in 2020.

In following the written directives of the Marysville School District that prohibits political activities and displays. The district has determined the Thin Blue Line despite its documented history, origin and purpose is political and must be removed. Using this logic and knowing the history and origin of the BLM flag which by its organization’s own mission is a politically motivated group that is making statements and seeking change, it too should be removed from school property as well.

For over 30 years I served as a member of an honor guard charged with the proper display and rendering of honors to fallen officers. I have seen many coffins draped with the Thin Blue Line flag and flown this flag in their honor. This pick -and-choose double standard cannot exist or be tolerated.

If the district is so concerned over political agendas being promoted on school property then all flags, stickers and decals should be banned. The district is demonstrating selective discrimination against those that support law enforcement. As educators, homework should have been done before making such an abrupt uneducated decision.

Rodney C. Rochon

Snohomish

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