May 6, 2010, - 3:42 am
What Not to Wear: Students Ordered Home b/c American Flag T-Shirts Offend Hispanic Students; “Incendiary”
Say buh-bye, America. Yesterday, several Gilroy, California students were sent home for wearing American flag t-shirts. The reason: this display of American patriotism would offend Hispanic students on Cinco de Mayo.
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Um, which country is this? Not the USA anymore, apparently. Forget the issue of denial of First Amendment right to free speech. That’s kind of beside the point when you are no longer allowed to show support for your own country because it might upset some illegal alien interloper and anchor baby kids.
Yup, the American flag–the one our soldiers died for–is now “incendiary” in our own country. Beyond outrageous:
Five Live Oak High School students’ First Amendment rights were challenged this morning when they were asked to leave school because they donned American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Officials at the school chose not to comment on the situation, but one student said an official called the T-shirts “incendiary.”
“They said we were starting a fight, we were fuel to the fire,” said sophomore Matt Dariano.
The Morgan Hill Unified School District issued this statement: “In an attempt to foster a spirit of cultural awareness and maintain a safe and supportive school environment, the Live Oak High School administration took certain actions earlier today. The district does not concur with the Live Oak High School administration’s interpretation of either board or district policy related to these actions.”
Culture awareness, my butt. We have a culture here. It’s the AMERICAN culture. Love it or go back to Mexico.
The five teens were sitting at a table outside during their brunch break about 10:10 a.m. when Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez asked two boys to take off their American flag bandannas. The boys said they complied. In the same conversation, sophomore Dominic Maciel said, Rodriguez told the group to “walk with him to the office.”
Dariano called his mother Diana, who spread the word to the other parents, who all arrived soon after to have a conference with Rodriguez and Principal Nick Boden. The group said they were not instigating anything and did what they always do at break – sit and talk and eat.
The boys were told they must turn their T-shirts inside-out or be sent home – and that it would not be considered a suspension – but that Rodriguez did not want any fights to break out among Mexican-American students and those wearing American flags. Dariano said other students were wearing American flags but since they were a group of five “we were the easiest target to cause trouble” according to Rodriguez, he said.
The boys told Rodriguez and Boden that turning their T-shirts inside-out was disrespectful, so their parents opted to take them home.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” said Dominic’s mother Julie Fagerstrom. “I’m an open-minded parent, but it’s got to be on both sides. It can’t be five kids singled out.” . . .
More than 100 students were spotted wearing red, white and green as they were leaving school. Some had the Mexican flag painted on their faces or on their arms. . . .
One Mexican-American student, freshman Laura Ponce, had a Mexican flag painted on her face and chest, peaking out of her low-cut shirt. She did it because, “it’s our day, the only day we can show our spirit.” . . .
None were sent home for wearing red, white and green. Since Boden would not comment, it’s uncertain if any other students were sent home for what they were wearing on Cinco de Mayo.
Live Oak High School even hosted a group of professional baile folklorico dancers, who waved flags and played traditional music from Mexico.
I hope these five students sue the heck out of this ridiculously un-American school district, which acts like a satellite of Mexico.
Oh, and where is the ACLU? Crickets chirping.
Can’t wait ’til the Dearbornistan and Hamtramckstan School Districts in Michigan have 9/11 day and students are sent home for wearing American flags, while Bin Laden and Hezbollah Ts are the order of the day. Oh, wait . . . close enough.
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