Belpre Schools Address Concerns about Flag Etiquette

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Tuesday, we brought you the story of a group of veterans who are upset about how often the American flag is flown at Belpre schools.

One of their main concerns is that it isn't sending students a patriotic message, but students and staff say they receive a patriotic lesson daily.

School officials say the flag is flown on a daily basis, and students start each day with the pledge of allegiance.

"Having us do that shows pride and makes people respect it even more, and the fact that it's in our every day lives gets people even more aware," Regina Leftwich, a Belpre High student, said.

The school also conducts a veterans' program each year where students help prepare a breakfast for the veterans and their guests.

Principal Michele Filon says the school has many programs that help students gain respect for their country and their community.


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  • by Capt Harry Location: Marietta, OH on Nov 28, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    I'm thankfull the kids can say the pledge in school and that the school follows the guidelines in the handling of the flags. Better be thankful for what we have in Belpre a lot of other places in the US are different.
  • by John Location: Belpre on Nov 27, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    Well,lets start with Americanism,for the past few years at Belpre High School,students there have been given a test sponsered by The American Legion and they can't pass it.Then some folks want the kids to learn when to fly and display our flag.The school has missed the boat.Yes a janitor saises and lowers the flag at school and some are vets.So as tax payers in the city ,we just have to site back and watch our kids being taught by teachers that dont do a good job of teaching,but they are there for the pay check.
  • by Martin Location: belpre on Nov 26, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    Anonymous student, please read your own post and make corrections as needed. Wow!
  • by townie Location: mtta on Nov 26, 2009 at 05:30 PM
    "Anonymous" student. please take the time to read my comment once more..that comment had absolutely nothing to do with illiteracy or even the possibility of it in belpre schools. I am merely pointing out with so many individuals capable of reading and writing it seems rather sad that they can show up to a building DAILY with these skills and not be able to raise a flag on a DAILY basis. Lets thank god our armed forces dont remember to defend our freedom on a part time or a whenever they feel like it basis. Ps- it is "our" not are ; )
  • by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    townie or whoever you are Just to let you know belpre students can read because im one of them.Actually are english and math are good programs.Its not the looks of the school that teach its the staff and their doing a fine job.So before you downtalk belpre know your facts
  • by Mike Location: Belpre on Nov 26, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    In today's world of OGT testing and high stakes report cards, most high schools do not take the time to put on programs such as a Verterans Day Breakfast...way to go Belpre! It makes me proud to be a Golden Eagle!
  • by Richard Location: Little Hocking Ohio on Nov 26, 2009 at 07:31 AM
    The ultimate responsibility of proper flag respect lies with the parents. If children are taught at an early age to respect the flag, that will carry on into the schools and will continue in life until they teach their children the same respect.
  • by townie Location: mtta on Nov 26, 2009 at 07:30 AM
    Lets start with the basics eh?? Somehow the schools electricity gets paid daily. And hey, even the teachers know when to show up. Students somehow join into this group on a daily basis. Now, with all of these people at one place you may wonder who takes care of the bathrooms etc..they must be cleaned on a daily basis. SO GUESS WHAT????? put someone who can spell AND read time like those that show up to this community building on a daily basis. Maybe a janitor? ok, yea i know you don't have to know how to spell or read time in order to raise a flag..anyone taking notes???? you show up you put it up. you go home you take it down first. comparable or similar to locking and unlocking a car, wow what a schedule we are making. bottom line if you don't care niether will the children you are supposesd to be educating. ADULTS!
  • by John Location: parkersburg on Nov 25, 2009 at 10:32 PM
    I have always seen the flag flying when in that area. I think the people that complain about it should put their efforts into getting better care for veterans. It is the government that doesn't respect them. They send them to fight and then throw them aside when they return only to offer sub-par medical care and little benefits. Fight for something like better pay for our soldiers than griping about when a school does or doesn't fly the flag. People need to take a look at themselves before casting stones at the school system. Maybe the schools should do a better job, I don't know. But I do know that I stand when the colors pass in a parade, I stand and clap for our military heroes as they pass because I am thankful for them. (I remember at Franklin Jr. High every morning 2 trumpet players from band would play while the flag was raised and we would stand outside until it was raised.) Things aren't the same now but I have never seen more patriotism in our country than after 9/11.
  • by Warrior 1 Location: Columbus on Nov 25, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    Was it not within the past year that Warren was faced with a similiar situation regarding the American Flag or reciting the Pledge during School? It would appear that Belpre is not the only school in our area that maybe could do a better job at this, but then again shouldn't this be taught at home by the parents even before the child enters school. At the next parade you attend, notice how many people around you stand as the colors pass by. It may surprise you to see the number of persons that will sit and watch from their lawn chairs. Sadly enough, the schools might try to do a better job of preparing our youth to be better at Flag raising, but then again maybe the parents could do a better job of raising their children to show the respect we would like to see them deonstrate regarding the this. Actually it is easier to blame the schools, after all they are the ones that are responsible for raising and teaching children anymore. Not much happens at home to teach them.
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