Bauder Elementary School: Saudi Flag Hangs Higher Than American Flag

Bauder Elementary School Principal Brian Carpenter said school officials did not arrange the American flag lowered alongside of the raised flag of Saudia Arabia, and doesn’t know who did. Carpenter said the photo seems to show that the America flag was placed in this position before the school year started. That seems to point to a teacher doing the ugly and unpatriotic deed.

Bauder Elementary School

 Greeley Gazette:

The display is a violation of Public Law 94-344 of the Federal Flag Law which states “No other flag or pennant should be placed above, or, if on same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America,…No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the United States at any place within the United States or any territory or possession thereof:…”

Bauder Principal, Brian Carpenter, told the Gazette the American flag is not normally in that location and someone had moved it next to the Saudi Arabian flag. He went on to say that the American flag has always been in a prominent position above the other international flags at the school.

According to the school, the purpose of the international flags is to recognize the nationality of the many students in the school who come from other countries. Carpenter said the school has many parents from other countries who attend Colorado State University…

After saying Bauder has parents of many differing nationalities, Carpenter said “We realize this is an extremely sensitive time with us getting close to the 10th anniversary of 9/11.”

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

  • Native NY’r

    Why even have that terrorist supporting flag in the classroom? Perhaps the parents need to rethink where to send their children. I would. I would also demand the school be closed as it is illegally taking my school taxes.

    • Yes, the excuse that Saudi parents are attending Colorado State is a sorry excuse. I wonder if the teacher who did this (if it was a teacher, since this happened before school opened) is Saudi or from a Muslim country?

  • If I was a parent of a child in that school … it wouldn’t still be hanging. I trust it has been taken down and those in charge have been instructed as to how the American flag is to be displayed.

  • If my kid was in that school he/she would be out of there faster than you can say Jackie Robinson. And he/she wouldn’t be back until a formal apology was given to the student body by the principal and classes on flag respect were given.

  • Andrew B

    There is a second error in the placement of the flags. The American flag is always to be to the right of other flags (viewed from the vantage point of the flag itself, not the viewer). The Saudi and American flags, if they must fly side-by-side, should be reversed.

  • What can be said? The school staff is either ignorant, or disrespectful of the flag.