Fort Collins High School, under fire for stopping a celebration administrators said was offensive, will open its spirit-week Monday with "America Day."
The school drew rebuke this week from some community members and Fox News after it rejected a student council proposal to add " 'Merica Day" to its themed spirit-week events. Campus and school district officials said they rejected the use of " 'Merica" because it "is a slang term that is often used in a negative stereotypical way to describe life in the U.S."
Students offered "My Country Monday" as a compromise, and administrators agreed.
But at least one parent and some students protested to Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, who wrote about the issue on his blog "Todd's American Dispatch."
District administrators said the school was trying to be inclusive with its "Spread the Love" week.
"Living in Fort Collins, we have a university with a very international population," Poudre School District spokeswoman Danielle Clark said. "We also have exchange students, and they were just trying to have a unifying message to the week. It was never about not allowing the patriotism or not celebrating America."
Fort Collins High School principal Mark Eversole sent a letter to parents on Tuesday, stating that the school would rename the first day of its spirit week "America Day."
"We were surprised that our community interpreted our actions as anti-American," Eversole said wrote. "We are a proud public school in America and support many activities to celebrate our great nation."