El Paso Developer Says No To American Flag On Elementary School
The developer of a smart-code development in Northeast El Paso says they don't want an American flag painted on an elementary school being built in their neighborhood because the colors don't match the homes they are building.
Hunt Communities sold a piece of land to the Canutillo Independent School District in 2011 so they could build a school, and CISD agreed at the time to keep the color scheme of the school in line with the earth tones of the surrounding Cimarron neighborhood.
The flag design came about when former El Paso Congressman Silvestre Reyes, who is a Vietnam veteran and whose name will be on the school, asked if the American flag could be incorporated into the front of the building. CISD officials said they wanted to do a dry run to see how the flag would look, but the neighborhood association reportedly said they didn't want the flag on the school because it wasn't in line with the colors of the neighborhood. However, the word on the street now is that it was Hunt Communities, the developer of Cimarron, who said no to the flag.
CISD said Hunt denied the use of the colors back in November, and now the district will paint over the flag with the originally approved color of dark orange.
A spokesperson for Hunt Communities said they are looking into the matter.
Seriously, Hunt, you guys need to allow the flag. The red, white, and blue goes with everything! And the fact that the school is named after a veteran should be even more reason why the flag should be proudly displayed on the school. Please allow Reyes Elementary to keep the flag!