Opinion: “I was told to take my mask off because of someone’s opinion, not policy”: Is The Thin Blue Line Open For Interpretation?
“I was compared to a capitol rioter”
It was like any other day at high school (besides being in a pandemic). I woke up, took a shower, and hopped on my bike to take my three mile journey to school. I didn’t have any other mask to wear but a “thin blue line” mask that I had bought for $15 at a local shop.
I had been wearing the mask for almost half of the school day until I went to my second-period class where I sat down and immediately got reprimanded for the mask I was wearing. My teacher called in another office staff member to tell me to take off my mask because in their opinion, the message was associated with white supremacy. As a private school in Los Angeles, they’re the ultimate beholders of what is tolerable. But it doesn’t make it right.
I was even compared to a “capitol rioter” by one of the school’s staff members, who said, “we don’t know what you do on your free time.”
My teacher proceeded to yell at me for about three minutes to take it off. He said he didn’t like nationalism, even though my mask did not advocate for nationalism.
After some resilience, I decided to put on a different mask, but not after calling both my teacher and staff member uneducated about the meaning of the “thin blue line.”
This can be attributed to a left-leaning bias, not looking at all sides of the spectrum, and possibly factoring in their own opinion on the meaning of it.
While, yes it is true that some capitol rioters were wearing the same mask, doesn’t mean that it’s now a racist or an offensive symbol and certainly not enough to compare a high school student to the KKK or a Capitol Rioter. Antifa members wear black to protests, does that now mean we should all not wear black to school because of that reason?
The school sent out this email Feb. 9 saying “we will no longer require students to be in uniform while on campus.” This means my mask did not violate any of the school’s rules, although I’m sure they would chunk it into “violent or profane logos.”
That day I was not only discriminated against, I was also lied to by the staff telling me that I wasn’t allowed to wear the mask because of their guidelines which “Didn’t allow political messages.”
After calling my teacher “uneducated” I was sent to the principal’s office where I was screamed at by the teacher in front of my principal. It got to the point where the principal had to remove the teacher out of her office because he was being too loud.
The principal who I quite like, politely asked me to just not wear the mask again because it caused a controversy.
“I’ll only do it for you, because I respect the fact that you politely asked me,” I responded.
She asked me to apologize to the teacher and staff member who I called uneducated to which I did, ungrudgingly.
Later on in the day, it was brought to my attention that the teacher who violated my rights was going around talking negatively about me to other staff members, saying things that anyone with a brain could deem untrue.
How Is The Thin Blue Line Interpreted?
Law enforcement officers typically view the “thin blue line” as a symbol of justice and freedom, bravery and solidarity while keeping society from descending. The main idea is to keep a balance between police and society and prevent it from taking a dive.
While some members of the public support the “thin blue line” movement, others have taken it to another level by altering the meaning. Marcus Boyd, who runs a Facebook group with over 350 people, said he closely associates the symbol with the blue wall of silence, an informal code of not reporting misconduct among law enforcement officers, according to The San Diego Union Tribune.
While people have free will to interpret anything as they please the fact remains that the “thin blue line” is a symbol of police keeping society from descending into chaos and freedom.
Opinion V.S. Fact
The fact is that the “thin blue line” is a peaceful symbol and even dates back to the 1880s where the British adopted the ideology of keeping society from descending into chaos. Anything can be taken and used as an offensive symbol, but to target something that someone has a prejudged political opinion on isn’t right.
While everyone is entitled to an opinion, it shouldn’t be forced down someone’s throat, and definitely not be discriminated on school grounds because of it.
“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” – President John F. Kennedy