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."
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.