Comments: What in the Hell was he thinkin'?

Sorry Tig, we're gonna have to disagree slightly on this one. (no, I'm not going PC on anyone...).

The key to the whole story, in my opinion, is that they ran this program on Rosh Hashana (sp?). That's kinda the wrong day to run the Nazi flag in the program.

Note they ran the same program previously without the boos (or if they happened, it never got publicized). I think it's just a case of very bad timing on the judgement of the band director, who I think probably didn't think about the date when putting the program together.

Posted by Mark S. at September 30, 2003 06:23 PM

Perhaps they had no Chinese around to object to the Japanese flag:
http://www.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/NanjingMassacre/NM.html

I do agree with Mark that it might have been the (extremely) bad timing. Kind of like waving a flag with thirty pieces of silver at Easter.

Posted by Kathy K at September 30, 2003 06:40 PM

Hey, I want to thank you for mentioning the fact that not just the Nazi flag was flown. Most of the articles I've been reading haven't mentioned the fact that the Japanese, French, and British flags were also flown.

The only reason this whole story even became nationwide is because people majorly over-exaggerated it. Most of the reporters that have written about this story have been twisting it and making it sound like the band director is totally stupid. Honestly, how many people would check and see if they were going to play a Jewish community on a Jewish holiday before putting the show together?

Yes, all of it was bad timing, and the audience from Hillcrest should have been mature about it and tried to understand that fact. Still, Paris High's superintendent immediately apologized to the Hillcrest superintendent. Despite that immediate apology, Paris High still hasn't received an apology from Hillcrest for their booing and cursing of the band members and coaches. It wasn't even the band's idea to have that show. It was the band director's. He was merely trying to put on an accurate depiction of a time in history. If he had left out the Nazi flag, or any of the other flags for that matter, it wouldn't have been accurate.

The whole story simply got blown WAY out of proportion and caused this big mess. I hope it all settles down and everyone forgets about the incident.

I do not attend Paris High, but I DO live in Paris. Trust me, none of the faculty from Paris ISD would ever do something to intentionally anger a group of people. I certainly hope that nothing this dumb ever happens to a high school marching band again.

Thanks again for writing a more accurate report of the situation. It is highly appreciated.

Posted by Suzanne T. at October 5, 2003 04:29 PM