A Donald Trump presidency was apparently an international symbol of distress to pranksters who turned flags at Eastwood and Prospect elementary schools and Oberlin High School upside down.
The flags — which are only supposed to be flown upside down to show distress, such as on a sinking ship — were discovered by school custodians when they arrived at school Wednesday morning, said superintendent David Hall. He said they were immediately rectified.
They were found hours after Democrat Hillary Clinton conceded to the Republican Trump. Hall said flags will no longer be left out overnight.
He said locks on the flagpoles were broken to get to the flags, but it is more difficult to reach the flag at Langston Middle School, which wasn’t tampered with.
Hall said police were notified and school officials will look at surveillance video to try to identify the culprits.
School officials fielded calls about the prank and some people took to Facebook to condemn it.
“So many have given their lives for this country and this is how someone in our community shows our veterans and active military their support and respect!” Marsha Rae Douglas said on the News-Tribune Facebook page.
The election outcome was also an emotional subject at the high school, where about a dozen seniors voted for the first time, said high school principal William Baylis.
He said most students supported Clinton and some were in tears over the outcome in which Clinton won the popular vote but lost due to winner-take-all Electoral College rules.
Baylis said the outcome was a teaching moment. He told students they need to understand that others disagree politically but the process and the outcome need to be respected.
“There’s different people from across the country that have different needs and have different views from you,” Baylis said. “The idea is that you learn to work with those people to accomplish the common goals.”
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Courtesy photo The U.S. flag is flown upside down outside Oberlin High School.