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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 4:02 pm

The purpose of this letter is to show my shame, disappointment, and anger at some of the faculty here at the high school. It starts with my daughter wishing to go to the production of Phantom of the Opera in San Antonio with classmates. This trip was organized by one of the teachers there at school and each student was to pay close to $60 for tickets. I happily did this for my daughter. 

What went wrong with this trip is that it was on the same day as the Veterans Day parade here in town. My daughter was in the BHS marching band which performed at the parade, so she was not able to attend. I have asked for the money back for the ticket, but instead, I was met with one excuse after another. 

This, although irksome, is not the reason for me writing the following, but serves only as a backstory...

Most of you who know me, know that I am not the most patriotic of people. I do not go around putting the U.S. flag on everything. However, I did serve in the U.S. Navy for over 12 years and I hold Veterans Day with very high regard. This is the day we honor the people in the past and those presently serving in the military. Some of those people have come back in terrible condition, be it physically, emotionally, psychologically, or a combination of the three. As long as I have lived here, Bandera has honored these men and women and treated them with the utmost respect. 

Now, my daughter has told that she does not have to perform in the parade if she does not want to, but can instead go to the show. Honestly, this felt like a slap to the face. I am disappointed that anyone in this town, much less an educator, would make it seem that this show is more important than paying respects to our nation’s veterans. It makes me feel ashamed to say that I went to Bandera High School now that it seems to have changed for the worse.  

Moreover, I am angry about the fact that I felt the need for me to write this to you.

If you are a parent here whose child is part of this parade, bless you. But if you are a parent in the same boat, and tell your child or children that they do not have to go the parade but can go to see the musical instead, shame on you. I will ask the parents in the latter category to please lose my number, unfriend me, and just stay away from me. I no longer welcome you nor your children into my home or life.


Sal Tirado, Jr.

Pipe Creek

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