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Right-Wing Radio Ignites A Flap At A Klein High School

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Gee, does this sound a little defensive?

Response to Inaccurate Allegations
# Neither the Klein Independent School District nor any of its campuses has flown another country or state's flag on a pole outside of its facilities.
# Neither the Klein Independent School District nor any of its campuses has flown the American flag upside down.
# Neither the Klein Independent School District nor any of its campuses has displayed another country or state's flag in a manner that would dishonor or disrespect the American flag or the Texas state flag.
# It is unfortunate that one person's misinformation has caused such a disruption for our students. The facts are as stated above.

If you're a school district and you find yourself having to formally state you've never displayed the U.S. flag upside down on a campus, that's not a good day.

The Klein school district has been hit with "hundreds and hundreds" of phone calls, all but shutting out regular business, because of a flap over a Mexican flag, spokeswoman Trazanna Moreno tells Hair Balls.

Blame right-wing radio station KTRH.

Moreno says a student at Klein Collins High asked for permission to hang a Mexican flag inside the school to honor Cinco de Mayo; permission was granted. Surveillance video caught another student tearing the flag down and throwing it in the trash, she says.

That second student apparently called KTRH, which did a story yesterday on the incident. The problem was, station boss and host Michael Berry chose to illustrate the story with a picture -- not taken at any Klein school -- of a flagpole with a Mexican flag on top, and an upside-down U.S. flag under it.

"We worked hard to get them to take the photo down, but the damage was done," Moreno says. "People thought we'd done something we didn't."

Hence the public statement, which she says the district is re-working "to provide some context."

She says she can't talk about any discipline that might be handed out to the student who tore down the flag, but notes "We want our students to be respectful of other people's property."

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