Foxboro mom says school wouldn’t publish daughter’s yearbook photo

By News Staff

A Facebook post about a Foxboro woman’s daughter and her American flag yearbook photo has gone viral.

Lisa Truax said her high school daughter’s employer bought a page in her yearbook with a picture of her standing in front of an American flag.

According to Truax, Foxboro High School  was uncomfortable with the photo. She wrote on Facebook, “Does anyone find this photo offensive? Apparently, Foxborough High School finds it offensive,” Lisa Truax’s post said. “They won’t allow the picture in the yearbook, because it’s the American flag. We are American! We live in America! OMG, what is this country coming to?”

School officials, however, said that was not entirely true.

In a statement, Principal Diana M. Myers-Pachla said, "A photo was submitted on behalf of a local business for an advertisement in the Foxborough High School yearbook. The photo showed the United States flag, hanging on a wall, with the lower portion lying on the floor, and the student standing on the flag. We do not view standing on the U.S. flag as respectful or appropriate.”

Myers-Pachla also said the yearbook adviser would consider publishing a cropped version of the photograph.

The high school also spoke the local veteran’s agency, who said, "In my professional opinion, this photograph, as it is, or even cropped, would be an inappropriate display of the United States flag."

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