School reverses decision to opt of out of American Legion contest


A Bergen County school district has reversed its decision against participating in an annual American Legion coloring contest due to concerns about the image provided.

Glen Rock Board of Education President Sharon Scarpelli said Monday that the district was opting out of the statewide contest for fourth- and fifth-graders due to the display of guns in the coloring page.

The Record reports that Superintendent Bruce Watson said he received multiple emails in response and will now allow the pictures to go home for parents to decide if children should participate.

The picture features three uniformed soldiers carrying guns and a rifle near a soldier’s boots in what’s known as the “battlefield cross.”

Watson says he intended no disrespect and may have had “too much concern for the impact of the picture.”

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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