Topic: High School Kids suspended for wearing American Flag T-Shirt on Cinco De Mayo  (Read 4907 times)

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On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag. But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a large Mexican American student population.

Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch break when the vice principal asked two of the boys to remove American flag bandannas that they wearing on their heads and for the others to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out. When they refused, the boys were ordered to go to the principal's office.

"They said we could wear it on any other day," Daniel Galli said, "but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it's supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today."

The boys said the administrators called their T-shirts "incendiary" that would lead to fights on campus.

"They said if we tried to go back to class with our shirts not taken off, they said it was defiance and we would get suspended," Dominic Maciel, Galli's friend, said.

The boys really had no choice, and went home to avoid suspension. They say they're angry they were not allowed to express their American pride. Their parents are just as upset, calling what happened to their children, "total nonsense."

"I think it's absolutely ridiculous," Julie Fagerstrom, Maciel's mom, said. "All they were doing was displaying their patriotic nature. They're expressing their individuality."

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.

"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."

As for an apology, the boys and their families say, 'fat chance.'

"I'm not going to apologize. I did nothing wrong," Galli said. "I went along with my normal day. I might have worn an American flag, but I'm an American and I'm proud to be an American."

The five boys and their families met with a Morgan Hill Unified School District official Wednesday night. The district and the school dp not see eye-to-eye on the incident and released the following statement:

The district does not concur with the Live Oak High School administration's interpretation of either board or district policy related to these actions.

The boys will not be suspended and were allowed to return to school Thursday. We spotted one of them when he got to campus -- and, yes, he was sporting an American flag T-shirt.

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LOL  While it's poor taste, you can't really blame anyone for wearing their country's colors.
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That's BS.  Let them wear whatever they want anytime they want.  They probably missed a few classes which would make me angry as a parent!

Our education system obviously doesn't know that Mexico's Independence Day is really September 16th.

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Here is my take on this. You are in America and have all these freedoms that many other countries don't have. So why would you be upset because someone is wearing a shirt with our flag. I can see that some are angry since it is a Mexican holiday but I think they should also be proud that they are in this country as well and have these freedoms.
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Offline JambaJuice

It is total BS...granted wearing it during Cinco De Mayo was in bad taste...and yes could lead to scuffles etc...

But they (the school) are suppressing our Freedom of Rights as Americans...

Just stupid...


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So are we going to say there will be no soccer, or soccer jerseys to be worn on the 4th of July? Thats dumb its our country, feel happy you are here and have freedoms and we celebrate and recognize other cultures holidays. Obviously the people complaining aren't proud of their country

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I cant believe the news needs to report this crap!

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I cant believe the news needs to report this crap!

i agree, there are much more important topics that need coverage. to be wasting time on pimple face high school kids and their shirts

Offline stormy

I cant believe the news needs to report this crap!

Mexican flags were flying all over the IE yesterday - no principle without a death wish would have expelled any child for wearing a t-shirt with one yesterday.

Despite the fact it's a foreign countries holiday celebrated by people who love it so much they left....
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you know they did it just to piss them off, just to start trouble.  but still, they should be allowed to wear whatever they want. 
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administrators called their T-shirts "incendiary" that would lead to fights on campus.
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the more i learn about how much we waste in taxpayer funds on asshat education administrators like this, the more it makes me ill.  

then i read stories like this and wonder why that model isn't instituted nationwide immediately?  at these charter schools this story wouldn't have happened, because there is a dress code and the staff won't put up with this weak ass ish.

it's not about expressing american pride or freedom, this story is totally about the FAILURE of the state drove into the ground [can't say run] education clusterfk.


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the funny thing is I already bought a suction cup flag for my 600 but on reading this I must upgrade it to at least double it's size.

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Go back where?  Some of the things you guys are posting is just ridiculous.  I am Mexican, and yet I was born in Fullerton.  What...?  I can't show pride to the land where my parents came from?

And please, don't say that this is "our country."  That is stupidity.

Lastly, this is not a Mexican holiday.  In fact, most of Mexico doesn't even celebrate this day.

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I guarantee that these kids are some local crew of nazi wannabes and were just causing more trouble. This was the same kind of bullshit that went on at my school and if I could have found any reason to get the 'nazi's in high school to be sent home I would.

Offline ℒexanidubs09

Go back where?  Some of the things you guys are posting is just ridiculous.  I am Mexican, and yet I was born in Fullerton.  What...?  I can't show pride to the land where my parents came from?

And please, don't say that this is "our country."  That is stupidity.

Lastly, this is not a Mexican holiday.  In fact, most of Mexico doesn't even celebrate this day.

You're right. What I said was fvcked up and I apologize. I'm sorry.

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Go back where?  Some of the things you guys are posting is just ridiculous.  I am Mexican, and yet I was born in Fullerton.  What...?  I can't show pride to the land where my parents came from?

And please, don't say that this is "our country."  That is stupidity.

Lastly, this is not a Mexican holiday.  In fact, most of Mexico doesn't even celebrate this day.

You're right. What I said was fvcked up and I apologize. I'm sorry.

and to think I let you in my truck  :4:  :32:

Offline ℒexanidubs09

Go back where?  Some of the things you guys are posting is just ridiculous.  I am Mexican, and yet I was born in Fullerton.  What...?  I can't show pride to the land where my parents came from?

And please, don't say that this is "our country."  That is stupidity.

Lastly, this is not a Mexican holiday.  In fact, most of Mexico doesn't even celebrate this day.

You're right. What I said was fvcked up and I apologize. I'm sorry.

and to think I let you in my truck  :4:  :32:


 :32: :32: I'm not racist at all... I just had a heartless moment. That's all  :12:

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lol.  See ya'll at OM.

And still... administration was way out of line.
« Last Edit: 05/06/10 12:10PM by Erik »

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OMFG@!!@!@!@!@!@!@ i will never apologize for wearing the US flag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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