Flag Day June 14, 2016; Boyertown School District makes history!

Some public schools have no flag, some don’t even say the pledge of allegiance.

Young people need to know the significance of the American Flag. We live in a culture where the American Flag is not automatic, and the Pledge of Allegiance is not automatic.

I brought this concern up at the June 14, 2016 School Board Meeting. I wanted to prevent the above stated problem from occurring in Boyertown Schools. We then made history!
The vote for my motion was unanimous!

* Boyertown became the first School District in Pennsylvania to post the Bill Of Rights at the front of every classroom in all of our school buildings.
* We are also ensuring every classroom has an American Flag that is not just a wall ornament, but an obvious priority and focal point in every classroom.

In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation officially declaring every June 14th as Flag Day. On June 14th 1937 Pennsylvania became the first state to declare June 14th Flag Day as a state holiday.

To be an American is a privilege and honor; to bear the name of American is to bear the most honorable of national titles; and whoever does not believe this, has no business to bear the name at all. Americanism is a question of spirit, conviction, and purpose. Minimizing American exceptionalism by downsizing our patriotism dislocates the soul and corrodes away the American spirit.

It is not just for today, but for the time to come, perpetuating for our children’s children this great symbol of a free government that we have enjoyed our entire lives.
Ronald Reagan once described comments from a Cuban Refugee;
This Cuban businessman, who had escaped from Castro, was describing his story and a friend of Reagan interrupted and stated “as Americans, we sometimes don’t know how fortunate we are;” The Cuban stopped and said, “How fortunate you are? How about me, I had someplace to escape to.”
If America loses freedom, there’s no place on earth to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.

Both Freedom and Liberty are not automatically passed to the next generation. They are not pre-installed in our hearts, its not like a software program pre-loaded into a new computer. Freedom and Liberty must be added to the programming and learned by each generation.

Calamity avoided in Maryland School

Another school shooting:

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County Maryland, we had another school shooting! Austin Wyatt Rollins began shooting at students when an armed resource officer inside Great Mills High School responded to the attack by engaging the attacker with his gun.

The attack ended very quickly with the only fatality being the 17-year old attacker Austin Wyatt Rollins. It is unclear whether the attacker killed himself or was killed by the resource officer. Either way, this attack ended because the armed resource officer was there.

In Boyertown, we need to be focused on a complete security approach.

As with all other “gun free zones” there are always trained people equipped with firearms in place as a deterrent.

“Gun free zones” such as pro-athletic events, celebrity events, and political events, understand that this is a security issue. They all have layers of security and protection. We should be serious enough about protecting our children, to have the protections that exist at these other events.

Objectively, this is a security issue. When we look at all of these gun tragedies at our schools, we can also include San Bernadino, Fort Hood, and the Orlando night club. All of these tragic events, have occurred in gun free zones without trained people equipped with firearms in place.

Sure these maniacs are mentally unstable; they are strangely stable enough however, to know that they do not want to carry out their attack in a place where there will be people to shoot back.

Boyertown School Board Director