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Courageous Japanese student speaks out about Bombers school logo

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A Japanese high school exchange student in Richland, Washington is speaking out about the school logo of Richland High, the Bombers.

The Idaho Statesman reports that when Nonoka Koga stepped foot on the campus she noticed the logo of a mushroom cloud right away. For her, that cloud is a symbol of the atomic bomb drop on Japan in World War II.

Richland High Bombers

At the time she didn’t have the comfort level in her English language skills to speak out, so she kept her thoughts to herself. She didn’t make her opinion known until the topic of atomic bomb came up in her history class. She finally discussed her thoughts with teacher Shawn Murphy who had mentored Nonoka. Murphy encouraged her to speak out. She shared her thoughts with a high school journalist. To the Richland School District’s credit, it allowed a video tape of the interview to go out.

Nonoko is from Fukuoka, not far from Nagasaki. If it wasn’t for the weather, the U.S. would have dropped the atomic bomb just 30 miles from where her grandparents lived.

“I am here today because of a cloudy day,” she said on video.

“Should we have pride in killing innocent people?” she asks.

That cloud rising from the ground is made up of what it destroyed, the city and the people,”she said.

Reaction to Nonoko’s video has been largely positive from the community and her fellow students.

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