Students wearing American flag shirts sent home

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05/06/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Morgan Hill, CA—Five students were sent home for wearing T-shirts, ironically embellished with the American flag, on Cinco de Mayo. The controversial episode occurred at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California and left parents displeased, according to information provided by MSNBC.

Reports stated Daniel Galli and four of his friends were enjoying their lunch break at Live Oak when they were confronted by the vice principal. The students were allegedly asked to remove their American flag bandanas and turn their American flag T-shirts inside out. Upon refusing to do so, they were subsequently sent to the principle’s office.

Galli alleged, “They said we could wear it on any other day, but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it’s supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today.” According to Galli’s friend Dominic Maciel, “They said if we tried to go back to class with out shirts not taken off, they said it was a defiance and we would get suspended.”

While the school administrators reportedly claimed their patriotic t-shirts and bandanas to be “incendiary,” which could lead to violence on campus, parents considered the incident to be “total nonsense”.

The students who were sent home contended they were merely expressing their American pride. On the other hand, several Mexican-American Live Oak High School students did not appreciate their patriotic attire during Cinco de Mayo.

Student Annicia Nunez reportedly stated, “I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day… We don’t deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn’t do that on Fourth of July.” Nonetheless, it seems quite unlikely that the students will apologize, with Galli noting, “I’m not going to apologize. I did nothing wrong… 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.”

Morgan Hill Unified School District officials reportedly disagreed with Live Oak High School administrator’s method of dealing with the situation at hand. The students who were sent home were not suspended and expected to return to school Thursday.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for California Civil Rights Lawyers.


Jocelyn - posted on 05/11/2010




Stupid. It's a shirt, and they are IN America after all. Now if it was a nazi symbol on a black pride day, different story. But seriously, an American flag shirt in America on any other day of the week, no one would have batted an eye. I mean, come on! You don't see the Jews getting all offended if someone happens to wear a christmas tree shirt during hanukkah.

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I do agree with Laura that it was most likely not a coincidence that they chose to wear the shirts on the same day. I'm sure it was planned. I'm sure their intentions in wearing the shirts were not pure. But like I said in my first post, unless they were waving American flags in the faces of Mexican students and shouting slurs, there were no grounds for punishment.

Suzette - posted on 05/14/2010




I honestly think this whole thing was hilarious and BS at the same time. We live in America, the kids were not trying to start a riot, those who took it that way have issues of their own. My family has a party to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, no one is expected to wear anything special, in fact the only reason they celebrate is so they can party and drink and play poker between family. lol. If you want to wear an Amercian flag, go for it.
There are Hispanics all throughout Arizona, California, New Mexico, etc. that wear the Mexican flag tshirts (and fly them in their yards) on the 4th of July and NO ONE has said 2 words to them when they do it. Why is this such a big deal for Cinco De Mayo all the sudden? Oh, I know, because now everything is suddenly becoming a race issue.

Amber - posted on 05/13/2010




Obviuosly Patriotism is offensive. People need to get their priorities in order!
The court has ruled over and over again that your clothing is an expression which is covered by free speech. They were not being offensive and they had their freedoms taken away from them!
Since when do we take people's rights away just so others can feel good about themselves...This country is really disgusting me lately.

Belinda - posted on 05/12/2010




The whole thing is ridiculous. Maybe they were being smartass, maybe not. Would they have cared if it were any other shirt? Like a German flag?...whatever. This whole immigration thing has people being super sensitive.


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Isobel - posted on 05/16/2010




I doubt that good, wholesome boys who were generally well-behaved and respectful were sent home for wearing the American Flag...have some common sense people. I'm sure that their intentions were crystal clear to the admin, and that's why they were sent none of you remember that jackasses in high school?

Rosie - posted on 05/15/2010




i agree that them wearing the shirts was questionable behavior, but really, sending them home for wearing a t-shirt with nothing vulgar on it is crazy. i chalk it up to them being insensitive jackalopes, not racist aholes. i fully believe the ONLY thing they did was wear the t-shirts, i don't think they acted like jackasses and antagonized anybody. you know how stupid people in positions of power can be when trying to be PC. the whole, lets get rid of christmas trees, and saying merry christmas as to not offend those of other religions, is a good example of that.

Isobel - posted on 05/15/2010




hmmmmm, 5 teenage boys ALL decided to wear American flags on their shirts AND their bandannas on Cinco de Mayo...I wonder if they were ALSO acting like jackasses and antagonizing Spanish gut reaction says probably.

I doubt VERY highly that these kids were in trouble for JUST wearing the flag on that day...sorry (I also think that this article kinda debunks the whole liberal media crap too by the way)

Celia - posted on 05/14/2010




I used to see American flags on everything when I visited the states, even some sneakers!! I doubt he had the T-shirt only for the 5th of may. I bet he wears it 10 times a year at least with his sneakers and baseball cap all flagged out.

Amanda - posted on 05/14/2010




stupid kids wanting to be proud of the country they live in... who does that? soooo un-american lol

the mexican-american kids that got offended... get over it, ur an american too lol whether u like it or not

Tasha - posted on 05/12/2010




This just amazes me honestly... Last time that I checked we lived in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA .. and we have freedom of speach and are able to wear whatever we want.. I don't see what the big deal was about them wearing American Flags.. It may have been a Mexian Holiday but again we are in the United States not Mexico so I really dont see why they got sent home for supporting their country.. Isnt that we are supposte to do love the Country that you live in and support it?

Amy - posted on 05/12/2010




It's all stemming from Arizona's new immigration Bill and I hate to say it but we're going to see a lot more of it.

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I pulled this from the article. I believe it was a Mexican student directing the school board.

“Yes we are proud American citizens, but we are all human first,” said Morgan Hill’s Teresa Casillas. “There is no color. There is no race. No religion. And you guys made this segregated by stupidity and ignorance.”

This has been debated on here and other communities with a lot of passion.

If there is no race, color, or religion it would be a very boring world. And there would be no Cinco de Mayo to begin with. Or an American flag to begin with. To me the statement doesn't make much sense.

So I go back to recognize and celebrate the differences. We get to that point by educating and honest conversation, and not by enforcement and punishment.

I don't have a drop of Latino blood and neither does my daughter but on Cinco de Mayo I put her in a dress bought in Mexico and made (an American version) of Mexican food for supper that night. It was our little way of celebrating a day that is important to friends of ours.

Tanya - posted on 05/12/2010




I hate that we have any rules about what a t-shirt says.I realize we can't let kids wear anything b/c some of them would show up naked, but really I don't think it matters what a t-shirt says.

Emma - posted on 05/12/2010




That is truly sad..... if they where doing something maybe, but just wearing a t shirt with your country's flag on in your country WTF this is just being stupid.

Alisa - posted on 05/11/2010




This country is called "The Melting Pot". We are all different and we should be proud of this. I am truely sickened by all the oppression happening lately. We are supposed to embrace our differences, not try to fit into this mold that somebody somewhere has decided. It is truely rediculous. I'm not just saying this about Cinco de Mayo. When I was younger they stopped offering a silent moment during morning announcements for prayer, and you can no longer sing Christmas songs in school. Why can't we have that moment, you don't have to pray if you don't want to, instead of taking away Christmas why don't you add the other holidays in the season. Differences are what make this country unique. Why is it so important to remove the things that make us different.

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I think it sucks.. After all, these Mexican kids are living in America aren't they?!? Why be hating on a flag from your own country.. Idiots.

Carolee - posted on 05/11/2010




"We don't deserve to be get disrespected like that."

How is this disrespect? There are Mexican people who hate that Americans like to celebrat this holiday, and then there are those who think EVERYBODY should celebrate it! I've been told, by my ex's family, that I shouldn't be allowed to drink a beer on that day because I'm not from Mexico. I've been told by other Mexicans that I should celebrate it because my son is half Mexican.

There's no way to please everybody, and these students had no intention of ruining anybody's day! People see disrespect where there is none simply because they want to. If the students were trying to sell American flags while telling the students with Mexican heritage to "go home", THAT would have been disrespectful. I don't see the big deal.

Amy - posted on 05/11/2010




That's insane! There is nothing in-appropriate about an american flag, sending kids home for something as stupid as that would really make me mad, and as a parent I would defiantly fight it!

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Ridiculous. Everyday there's a national/cultural day going on somewhere in the world. Does that mean that American flags should be banned from school everyday out of sensitivity to all non-Americans.

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If they were waving American flags and shouting slurs at the Mexican-American students then yeah they were wrong. But if they were peacefully wearing their American flag shirts who cares? Chances are most people didn't notice or think twice about it until the school administration made a stink about it.

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