Massachusetts Mother Said Her Daughter’s Yearbook Photo Was Rejected Over American Flag

School says photo rejected because teen was standing on flag
December 14, 2015 Updated: December 14, 2015

A Massachusetts mother said that her daughter’s yearbook photo was rejected due to the American flag in the background.


Let me clarify. This is a commercially produced photography backdrop not an American flag. My 18 year old daughter…

Posted by Lisa Truax on Thursday, December 10, 2015

The photo shows Morgan Truax, a senior at Foxborough High School outside Boston, standing in front of an American flag.

After her mother shared it on Facebook is when the trouble started, she said.

“The Red Wing Diner, which employs Morgan, purchased a page in Morgan’s yearbook to congratulate her on her hard work,” Lisa Truax wrote, reported the Attleboro Sun Chronicle.

“Does anyone find this photo offensive? Apparently Foxboro High School finds it offensive. 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? Please share.”

School officials explained what they perceived as the problem to Fox-25 in Boston.

“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,” the statement reads.

“We do not view standing on the U.S. Flag as respectful or appropriate.”

However, Truax disagrees with the school’s assessment.

“Let me clarify,” Truax told the paper.

“This is a commercially produced photography backdrop — not an American flag. My 18-year-old daughter wanted to show her patriotism. The issue here is the explanation I received from FHS was, they will not allow this photo because they were uncomfortable with the American flag in the background. We truly mean no disrespect to FHS, the veterans, and the American flag,” she added.

High school principal Diana Myers-Pachla said the school has received a number of phone calls about the photo since it went viral on Facebook.

“There have been phone calls and there have been emails,” Myers-Pachla said, with some coming from out of state.