Showing disrespect to our national anthem and flag in the name of social injustice paints a vastly incorrect picture of America.
Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette held that schools cannot force students to participate in patriotic observances, including standing for the National Anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance, the opinion is not clear on using such occasions for formal protest against the United States of America.
As a quasi public/private school, Gilbert benefits from federal, state and town tax dollars. If the administration decides to support Anti-American student protests, should not The Gilbert School divest itself from said moneys or expect them to be withdrawn?
The Winchester Board of Selectmen has a duty to protect the United States Constitution from which our state and town laws are derived.