May 6, 2010, - 3:42 am

What Not to Wear: Students Ordered Home b/c American Flag T-Shirts Offend Hispanic Students; “Incendiary”

By Debbie Schlussel

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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88 Responses

None of the students wearing red, white, and green sent home, eh? Even the skank who had it painted on her chest so her “low-cut CFM” shirt can amply display it…

WTF is this country coming to?

IceNoMore on May 6, 2010 at 4:14 am

I wonder if the red, white, and green students are allowed to wear or wore shirts endorsing the Plan of San Diego in the schools in SW USA.

Soyphobia on May 6, 2010 at 5:04 am

They don’t want to offend minorities. But this is sensitivity taken to the extreme.

Its ridiculous since the officials forget what country they live in. The American flag should not offend any one. And if it does, then this country has a larger problem than celebrating Cinco De Mayo or deliberating on hip hop education.

And no – we won’t hear about this from the ACLU.

NormanF on May 6, 2010 at 5:16 am

Did they run the Stars and Stripes up the flagpole that morning or do they still do that?

Pinandpuller on May 6, 2010 at 5:23 am

Shameful. Cinco de Mayo is barely celebrated in Mexico from what I’v read. It’s a bar holiday and a chance to score two for one Corona Beer. This school shows another reason to avoid government/public education and why I vote NO when they ask for more money. Hey school staff, grow a pair! Know your role, and shut up.

Ryan Bingham on May 6, 2010 at 6:23 am

    That is true, “5 de mayo” goes totally unnoticed down here in MX and is not a festive day at all, maybe some school stuff but that’s it. The national feast in MX is independence day, september 16th.

    This whole situation is ridiculous. Of course the viceprincipal had to be latino as well to round the circle. I totally agree on why you hate being taken over by illegal mexicans (or any other nationalities). The mindset they get there is one of total entitlement and disrespect to the host country, and that is really shameful. Of course our own immigration laws are some of the thougest in the world, si here you have a lot of hypocrisy, if it wasn’t for that we would be already ran over by the floods of central americans who flee their countries and use Mexico just as a passage, they don’t dare staying here.

    Hopefully you will someday visit Mexico and see that our reality is very different here from what you would think from watching the news. We are hard working, welcoming people who struggle to have a better country each day.

    Luis on May 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm

      Luis please come to the U.S. Legally of course and run for office it seems you have an abundance of what our politicians and educators lack “Common Sense”.

      Don on May 6, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Quite logical for the school authorities to request the students to wear their shirts inside-out since that’s obviously the way the school authorities wear their brains.

Preposteroso on May 6, 2010 at 6:28 am

I work for the postal service. I had a picture of President Bush at my desk while Bush was president. Union members took issue and I was told to take it down because it was “provocative.” A picture of the president in a federal building was “provoking” union members? To what? Violence?

David on May 6, 2010 at 6:38 am

First thing I would do as a parent is ask the Ass. Principal for his Green Card. He probably doesn’t have one since he is most likely an illegal. I would then inform the Principal that he is violating my kids 1st Amendment Right to Free Speech. Of course he probably knows nothing about that at that school, since they probably replaced Civics with Spanish for Gringos.

Dave on May 6, 2010 at 6:42 am

Its ridiculous since the officials forget what country they live in. The American flag should not offend any one. And if it does, then this country has a larger problem than celebrating Cinco De Mayo or deliberating on hip hop education.

islamicnet on May 6, 2010 at 7:43 am

This is just insane.

DR.ROCKS! on May 6, 2010 at 8:00 am

I wonder if assistant principal Miguel Rodriguez might be an illegal immigrant. I would suggest that the parents of those patriotic students who were sent home should demand to see his papers.

Jerry on May 6, 2010 at 8:02 am

This just goes to show how hypocritical people can be with their little causes. Mexicans living here can show their Mexican pride, wear the Mexican flag and paint pro-Mexican pictures and sayings on their body…that is fine because they are just expressing themselves. American kids wearing the American flag in the United States of AMERICA are being incendiary? I was disgusted by this story. Thank you for posting this Debbie because I will probably not hear much of this one in the news today. If the kids sent home were wearing Mexican flags though I would NEVER hear the end of it. This PC hypocrisy has got to end.

Angela04 on May 6, 2010 at 8:20 am

Did that overstuffed “Mexican-American” with the Mexican flag painted on her face get fat thanks to Welfare and food stamps? I thought the government was waging a campaign against obesity.Especially when it’s financed by the American taxpayer.

Jerry on May 6, 2010 at 8:24 am

If they were yelling racial slurs at people while wearing these shirts, then I’d understand; since it doesn’t appear that they were, this is just stupid.

But really Jerry – all you know about that girl is that she’s Mexican, and from that you’re deducing that she’s on welfare and food stamps? Classy…

hellcat on May 6, 2010 at 9:03 am

This is so ridiculuous,
Mexicans & others that do live in America should be proud of it & if not they should go back home.
I am born in Egypt &
now Canadian & proud of Canada that did give me a better
& when I go on vacation around the world I take T-Shirt & hat from Canada, with label I love Montreal, or Canada
I also wear it sometimes in Canada, ppl liked it.
2 days ago I saw in TD trust, a young girl wearing a T-Shirt
on it: I AM MUSLIM DON’T PANIC & ppl were smiling, we did not
report her, she is free & I think she wanted attention.
I think ppl that want a new life & a new country as home
should adapt to the new life & not to be trouble makers.

Jacqueline Hanna Youssef on May 6, 2010 at 9:05 am

This is pretty wild. First they are celebrating a Mexican national holiday in an American public school. Next, if the non-Hispanic students do not wish to be Mexicans for at least that day, they are punished. I can see the process of de-nationalization here.

“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.”

I would suggest that she return to her homeland if she wishes to really celebrate that spirit.

sorrow01 on May 6, 2010 at 9:28 am

If Mexicans love Mexico, why not go back to Mexico?

I have always wondered, do Mexicans have enough common sense to know their communist masters in Mexico are using them as Stalin was wont to say their “useful idiots”?

bill-tb on May 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

This is outragous. I’m so sick of dim witted liberals getting away with systematically marginalizing this great country. Send emails to the Morgan Hill Superintendent and the Board of Trustees. Here are their emails from the Morgan Hill Unified School District website:, ; ; ; ; ; ;

its.hinkey on May 6, 2010 at 10:49 am

You know what, I am so friggin sick and tired of these leftist, espically those running and ruining some of our school systems. To them everything is relative uncluding moraltiy, hey left wing retards, THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! Love it or leave it you schmucks!

Also, from what I’ve heard and read Cinco de Mayo is NOT a Mexican-American holiday, it’s a celebration of Mexican people in Mexico, and also from what I’ve heard and read, they don’t even celebrate the holiday down there. I hope these left wing clowns can figure that out, and another thing before I finish my post, the students parents should sue that school system into the stone age, because that was a violation of that childs 1st Amendment Right’s, by telling the kid to go home because he wore a T-shirt with an American flag on it. To me that is completely outrageous!

Liberalism is a Mental Disorder!!!

“A nation is identified by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on May 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

Two words: National Guard.
El gorditas, muy disgustingo.

samurai on May 6, 2010 at 10:52 am

“Tolerance” – as defined by Mexican Racists and The Leftist traitors who love them.

Phineas on May 6, 2010 at 11:17 am

On the fifth of May. Mexico celebrates in independence from SPAIN! Why do we even observe it here? All the gringos do is drink. It’s a Hallmark Holiday and nothing more.
Do Germans celebrate the Fourth of July?

ward on May 6, 2010 at 11:22 am

    That is incorrect, 5 de mayo marks the defeat of the french invaders in Puebla. Independence day is september 16th an dis the real national holiday.

    Luis on May 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Deb- ….how long until Malkin steals this story?……oh….wait….

…nevermind, I’m too late….

NF: So typical of Fraudkin. She even ripped off my question about which country this is. She hasn’t an original thought, idea, or bit of research in her life. I put this up in the middle of the night. She woke up and trolled and stole without credit. That’s her MO. She’s the biggest example of affirmative action on the right . . . other than Sarah Palin. DS

Nick Fury on May 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

    to NF & DS re: ‘stealing’ this story…uh…it’s been all over the news here via CBS since noontime yesterday (May 5th). I really don’t think anyone “stole” this story’. Either which way, just be glad the entire world knows about it now, and that the outrage is growing. Turns out that 2 of the 5 boys sent home for wearing patriotic shirts are half hispanic, AND they are proud to be AMERICANS!

    its.hinkey on May 6, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Heck! I would have worn a tee shirt with a picture of President Zachary Taylor (one of my favorite Presidents, fyi).

Nowadays, the average high school teacher is too dumb to have a clue!

There is NO Santa Claus on May 6, 2010 at 11:34 am

Her arrogance will be more than made up for by our hatred of fat blobs.

Have a donut.

The Terrorist's Advocate on May 6, 2010 at 11:40 am

These damn fu#king extreme idiots just continue to brainwash our kids and flush our future right down the shitter. More parents need to act like these brave parents. Fight the NWO that is being designed by BHO and his minions.

I didn’t see one question that should have been asked.
Who would be starting these fights? Those white kids more than likely wouldn’t have, they were probably outnumbered 10:1 by these hispanics. Maybe the school officials should be asking for the hispanic kids identification papers instead of pulling this nonsense. How may of them are illegal?

What happened to freedom of expression? Go ahead and let those mexicans wear their colors to show us who they pledge allegiance to. But don’t tell these courageous white kids to take off our colors. Our Colors don’t run and more people need to stand up and tell these pukes to go back to that third world sh#thole called mexico. And I hope they take the NBA with them. Go ahead and go back to mexico you traitors. This country that gave you so much doesn’t need this type of crap from you.

Jarhead on May 6, 2010 at 11:54 am

I’ll bet if you asked any of those “proud Mexican” students what Cinco de Mayo actually represents, maybe one would have a small clue.

At my daughter’s elementary school in California we could never pull together a PTA because half of those interested didn’t speak English and our meetings were nearly impossible. But…when it came to planning for the Cinco de Mayo celebration they were able to have a committee that met several times and pulled off a huge event. Lord help us all.

K on May 6, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    K – down here in southern CA a community actually stopped their fireworks display for the 4th of July, but they had plenty of money for the 5th of May. I don’t speak spanish and I refuse to learn or use their language unless I am at Taco Bell. Is Nachos Bell Grande a spanish phrase?

    More people need to stand up to this garbage. Personnal story – One day at work I noticed a sign exclusively in spanish on the janitor’s closet door, there wasn’t a single English word. I got the biggest Sharpie I could find, I crossed out all of the spanish and wrote “This is the U.S.A. We speak English here. Learn the Language” By the end of the day the sign was gone and another sign never reappeared.

    Jarhead on May 6, 2010 at 12:19 pm

At the Phoenix State Capitol on June 5th from 8-11 a freedom march and rally is being planned. It would be great if we could get more then 25 people to show up and support our country and our state in Arizona. Could you all spread the word, people need to start being as vocal as the illegals are being or our Country is doomed.

Athena on May 6, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I think these kids were wrong to wear the flag in the first place. The U.S. flag is not something you wear. The following is an excerpt from a pamphlet titled “Flag Etiquette.” Maybe the schools needs to let it’s students know this so that no flag is being worn as clothing.

The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.

Bill on May 6, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Strong words from all, but in reality we all get pissed then roll over and take it up the backside. Time to tell them to GTFO and don’t let the door hit you in the arse on the way out. No more of these stupid fake Mexican holidays and they should have made it CLEAR to the American flag haters that THEIR hate will not be tolerated. Period.

I AM not litigious in general but I SMELL LAWSUIT.

Jenn of the Jungle on May 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I find it ironic that the Assistant Principal “Miguel Rodriguez” is the one who asked these students to remove or turn inside out. The “RED,WHITE,& BLUE” is the very symbol that represents this country (Called AMERICA)and all the brave souls who have lost their lives for our “FREEDOM”!!!!

Is the state of Arizona asking the Mexicans to disburse and not protest anymore because it may lead to fights; or has a society interpreted what the new Arizona Law is and not really read between the lines. Who is really the minority?

The upshot of this is that this country has established the First Amendment which gives rights to speech, press, assembly, religion, & to petition the Government. What if the students were protesting the “5th of May” or whatever foreign language one wishes to call it? This is their right to do so and the Assistant Principal should be put on administrative leave until an investigation is conducted on how he violated these students’ rights.

FirstCivDiv on May 6, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Actually, it is correct that those students be sent home but for a different reason.
Section 8d of the Flag Code dictates that the flag not be used as wearing apparel.
Other than that, I applaud their patriotism

Shootist on May 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Shootist, you’ve got it wrong dude. You wrote “Actually, it is correct that those students be sent home but for a different reason. Section 8d of the Flag Code dictates that the flag not be used as wearing apparel.”

    These kids are not wearing an ACTUAL flag, they are wearing a REPRESENTATION of an American flag on their shirts. Big difference.

    Jarhead on May 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I don’t think you actually understand the flag code. What it means is that you cannot take a flag and make it into clothing. These people were not wearing flags. They were wearing clothing that had a picture of the flag on it. Two totally different things.

    Dave on May 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Let my son’s school pull that crap. I’ll be all over the vice-principal. He already does like me.So what’s one more reason.
STARS AND STRIPE FOREVER BABY!!! Love it or leave it. If you don’t know where home is head south to the boarder. The guards will gladly show across. My family has fought to hard to to keep her flying. Amen to to our troops. Keep up the the good hard work that let’s these fools in this country.

If I were one of those kids I would find many shirts with Old Glory on it and wear one everyday for the rest of the year.

D on May 6, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Just wanted to note that it’s Morgan Hill, not Gilroy.

Cindy on May 6, 2010 at 12:52 pm

To support a lot of what has been said here, according to MEXICAN texts, the 5th of May was a victory over the Spanish at one single battle–Peubla I do believe. Independence from Spain did not come for another year and there is a mexican INDEPENDENCE DAY–September 16th.

I wish this had occurred in AZ and the police would have checked every little red/white/green painted kid for their papers.

Sean J on May 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm

How do you think BO got elected? The “youth” vote. Young people fresh out of our leftist indoctrination centers, too young to know any better. All supported by you, the American taxpayer. This country is like a lung cancer patient who after being diagnosed, steps it up from one to two packs a day.

spiffo on May 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I don’t give a damn if I offend anyone. This “holiday” is a celebration of Mexican independence. Last I checked, this is the U.S. not Mexico. If it is considered incendiary to show that you’re a patriotic American, we are all doomed. I will not go silently into that good night, I will show my patriotism no matter who it offends and I will not apologize for who I am.

Keith on May 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Actually the 5th of May has nothing to do with Mexico’s independence. And it is a minor, but fun holiday in Mexico, usually characterized by the first of the summer carnivals. These are the old fashioned carnivals with rides, Ferris wheels, game booths and western style horse events. I remember them fondly. And they were not characterized by wild celebrations of drinking ant patriotism. One would think a Mexican American would know this. One would also not think a Mexican American would be particularly upset at an American flag.

pat on May 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I would think that if Mexicans are coming here, they would want to embrace the new country that has given them a place to work and live. They would want to forget about the terrible conditions in the land they left. I wouldn’t doubt that its more of the left wing that is offended. If they don’t want to embrace this country, they need to leave, including the left wing. Its about as simple as it gets. This is not rocket science!

Alan on May 6, 2010 at 1:28 pm

“It`s the only day we can celebrate our heritage”
Well do it at home and at the street parties. And besides that`s a lie. You have Independance Day in Sept where you can celebrate your heritage…………at home. Sounds like the Mexican kids don`t even know which day is more important in Mexico. Hmmmmmm one battle or Independence Day for the whole country. Pathetic. But at least our schools are fair in dumbing down our students no matter their heritage. lol

hermster on May 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I am American of Mexican decent and will wear Red White and Blue over the Mexican colors any day of the week. Most groups (i.e. Irish, Blacks, Italian, Greek, Jews, Vietnamese, etc.) celebrate their heritage on certain days which is no problem. However it shouldn’t be at the expense of another group. This is totally asinine, what the school just did. They violated the rights of one to appease to rights of another. Someone needs to be fired in lieu of a lawsuit. What loyalties do these Hispanic kids have, that they would feel threatened or offended? At least two of the kids wearing the American shirts are of Hispanic or part Hispanic decent, Dominic Maciel and Matt Dariano, but I guess they doesn’t matter because they weren’t wearing the Mexican colors.

America has turned into one big Pity Party because of Political Correctness.

CaliforniaScreaming on May 6, 2010 at 2:31 pm

If America (and it’s flag) is so offensive, why do so many want to come here?

Sam Adams on May 6, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Like most of us my parents immigrated to America, mine coming from Eastern Poland and/or Western Russia. So I’ve been more then a little bit understanding of the desire of many people to come to America, particularly having seen what the rest of the world looks like during my time in the Navy. But I’m getting sick and tired of immigrants, from wherever, coming to my country and then showing total contempt, even hatred for America. I’m sick and tired of Pakistani immigrants who try to blow up American citizens in NYC, sick and tired of Mexican immigrants who refuse to learn English and are “insulted” when Americans want to display the flag. If you come to America and you hate it here, well just go the hell back to wherever it is you crawled out from!! When will our visionary brain dead politicians get the picture and secure the border, put a halt to immigrants from Pakistan, or Sudan, or Somalia, or Central America or South America who are nothing more then drug dealing gang bangers. Secure the border, put up a big ass fence, use drones, shoot to kill, I’m just disgusted with the whole mess. I don’t really care any more whose fault it is, pointing fingers at Bush, or Clinton or even Obambi won’t solve the problem, Just secure the damn border and then let’s get to work internally, identifying illegals, finding companies that hire illegals and lets get our country back on track. Legal immigrants are always welcome, but dammit stop stealing from me.

kenny komodo on May 6, 2010 at 3:38 pm

The Morgan Hill School District Administrator is:

Dr. Wesley Smith

Call Wes to ask that disciplinary action be taken against the principal, Nick Boden.

michman on May 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm

You people should see the US/Mex border at SD and TJ at 3 PM – there must be a few 1000 kids crossing back after getting out of school in the US and returning to Mexico. Really CA has mostly now been “given to Mexico” by the lack of immigration enforcement and other laws. It is to late for CA – at least AZ is trying to protect themselves.

Lancaster on May 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm


Also, isn’t it illegal for another country’s flag to be flown without displaying the American flag at an equal or higher level? Those 100+ students who wore the Mex flag should be charged.

Part of the blame lies on the rest of us. These people don’t become this arrogant in one day… they do it gradually. Whenever we hire them to do random jobs, buy items from people who cannot speak English (most likely illegal) or do not report them to the ICE, it just emboldens them and they’ll overrun us with their “wonderful glorious rich culture”. Just like how the mozlums/arabs are already doing in some areas by creating their mini-countries with implementations of sharia on American soil.

Cut them at the root and they’ll wither away.

Anonymous Twit on May 6, 2010 at 4:46 pm

As a somewhat muscular, blond, blue-eyed male, I very often get looks of hatred from all colors and religions. I just have fun with it when I can, heh.

Lars on May 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm

This is dumb! Unbelievably dumb!

Ghostwriter on May 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm

If anyone is offended by the American flag, any where on Americian soil, I say get the *uck out of the United State! Go celebrate shit de mayo in Iraq, or better yet go back to Mexico.

I would be so pissed if I was those kids parents.

Juanita on May 6, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Do they even have flags in their class rooms in Kalifornia any more or are they offended by them? Being near San Francisco they probably wave the code pink flags.

ender on May 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm

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