Several Palm Beach County School District Administrators Say Flags Will Remain Flying High
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) (News App readers click here for full report) — Several area public school officials say they will not lower flags on school campuses for Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio talk show host who died in Palm Beach County last week.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, three local but senior Palm Beach County School District officials contacting BocaNewsNow.com say the pending order from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “sends the wrong message” and “is inappropriate.”
A Palm Beach County School District spokesperson did not respond to a request for official comment.
“Forgetting the fact that this guy was a prescription drug abuser,” said one Boca Raton-area school administrator, “his sole purpose was to divide people through controversial comments. We lower flags for law enforcement, military and notable leaders. We don’t lower flags for dead talk show hosts.”
Said another, “we have a school police officer on our campus who is there every day, ready to jump into harm’s way to protect children. Those are the people who flags are lowered for. Not a radio personality who peddled conspiracy theories and misinformation. We’re not telling our students that it’s okay to spend a life lying.”
Florida Governor DeSantis announced upon Limbaugh’s death that he would order flags in Florida to half-staff once Limbaugh’s funeral plans are announced. While that has not yet happened, there is a growing chorus from both side of the aisle that such an order crosses the line and diminishes the symbolic importance of flag lowering.
“Moves by DeSantis have contributed to tens of thousands of deaths, nearly two million COVID infections, despair and stress,” said another public school leader. “Ordering flags lowered for a talk show host who lied, divided, verbally assaulted and made discriminatory comments on-air, even if just for show, is completely contrary to the conduct we teach our children to abide by every day. To order flags lowered for this sort of a person shows yet again just how out of touch the Governor is.”
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried has ordered state offices under her control to disregard the Governor’s flag lowering order.
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