Did you ever imagine a day when American military veterans would be banned from a public school?
Welcome to the new century, folks.
The principal at Forest Lake High School in Minnesota has cancelled a national tour of decorated war heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan. Steve Massey pulled the plug at the very last minute --- forcing the veterans to relocate their event to a local American Legion Hall.
Apparently, the principal said they received angry telephone calls from some parents who vowed to stage a protest if the war heroes stepped foot on the school campus.
Mr. Massey determined that the event was political --- rather than educational --- and he deemed the appearance of American fighting men and women at Forest Lake Area High School unsuitable.
The national tour is sponsored by Vets for Freedom. These Great Americans have no political agenda, nor have they endorsed a presidential candidate.
Pete Hegseth graduated from Forest Lake and he served his country with the 101st Airborne in Iraq.
Here's what he told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
"I think it's extremely unfortunate that a school would bow to the political pressure of outside groups and not bring in a veterans organization," Hegseth said. "Are we saying that patriotism and duty and honor have no place in our public schools?"
That's a great question --- especially for the taxpayers of Minnesota -- the ones who pay Mr. Massey's salary. Your thoughts?