Students Threatened with Suspension for Wearing American Flag Shirts on Cinco de Mayo. At Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California.
Seriously. Read that again.
The principal warned the five boys that the shirts were "incendiary" and could lead to fights on campus. The boys were told to take off the shirts or go home. The boys went home to avoid the suspension.
No word if any Latino students were warned against starting trouble, but if I had to guess, the school administrators probably cowered under their standard issue "zero tolerance" P.C. umbrellas muttering La Racist platitudes for reassurance.
"But to many Mexican-American students at Live Oak, this was a big deal. They say they were offended by the five boys and others for wearing American colors on a Mexican holiday.That's because you're the beneficiary of an education paid for by the American tax payer at an American High School in the U.S. of A., you obtuse PUNK.
"I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day," Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. "We don't deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn't do that on Fourth of July."
All 5 boys and their families have refused to apologize and have met with district officials about this incident.
"The district released a statement saying it does not agree with how Live Oak High School administrators handled this incident. The boys will not be suspended and they were told they can go back to school Thursday."Update: ACLU. Paging the ACLU.
Oops. I guess these kids would only be free speech heros if they had desecrated the American flag. I wonder if they say the Pledge of Allegience in that school?
Volokh cites the California Education Code, and concludes that it looks like the school violated the districts own statute, especially in light of the claim that "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."
Yet it was the five students wearing American flag apparel who deemed "incendiary."