Misleading social media post about North Star High School from two years ago resurfaces

It seems that an old social media post with false information about North Star High School in regards to the American Flag has recently made it’s rounds again on social media causing quite a stir.  Since some people may not have been able to receive the full story from us on that day almost two years ago, below is what really happened:

Lincoln Public Schools was made aware on February 2, 2017 of an incident that happened in a Spanish language classroom at Lincoln North Star High School.  There are flags of many nations hanging in the classroom, and one student briefly hung a Mexican flag on the same flag pole as the American flag. What happened next will make you proud of the teacher. The teacher appropriately used the incident as an opportunity for a teachable moment to lead a discussion on respecting the American flag, proper flag etiquette and patriotism, and promptly removed the Mexican flag. The school principal at the time had conversations with the students and staff involved, and people had an opportunity to discuss the issue at length. These were all positive experiences – these are life lessons that stick with students.

So why are people seeing this post on social media now? One student in the class – upset by seeing the Mexican flag added to the flagpole – took a photograph and sent out a Tweet expressing concerns. The student has since removed the original Tweet after learning what was going on.  Unfortunately, the original Tweet was Photoshopped and different misleading versions of the Tweet were forwarded to many people on social media (Facebook, Instagram etc.) which is what everyone is seeing today. From time to time websites and social media pages will use the image and claim this was a new event that just happened.

Here are the links to the original story shared by local news media:

10/11 News: LPS sends statement regarding flag placement at North Star High School

KFOR: Flag Controversy at North Star High School