Thursday, May 28, 2009

Oh, THAT flag? OK, go ahead and fly it

A hospital in Mansfield outside Fort Worth did some quick backtracking after it received a barrage of criticism for originally ordering Kindred Hospital supervisor Debbie McLucas to remove an American flag that was on her office wall.

Hospital officials have now apparently seen the error of theirr ways, and McLucas can hang up her Stars and Stripes.

"We have invited the employee (McLucas) to put the flag back up," Kindred said in a brief press release.

According to a story in the Dallas Morning News, McLucas said her husband spent 24 years in the U.S. Army. One son is an ex-Marine and a second son is an Army veteran. A daughter is a combat medic serving in Iraq.

Last week with Memorial Day approaching, McLucas decided to mount a 3-foot-by-5-foot American flag on the wall of an office she shares with three other supervisors at Kindred Hospital.

McLucas said she got to work on Friday and found the flag had been taken down because another supervisor had complained that the display was offensive. The complaining employee is an African immigrant who has lived in the United States for 14 years, McLucas said.

"The other supervisor took it down unknown to me because I wasn’t at work that day, and it’s when I returned to work last Friday that I was told it was taken down because it was offensive," McLucas said during the interview on KRLD radio in Dallas.

The Kindred Hospital press release said the company is working to resolve this "isolated incident between two employees."

Rhonda Williams, hospital administrator, said McLucas was not at work Wednesday but has accepted the offer to remount the flag on the office wall.

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