At an American High School (Live Oak High, Morgan Hill, Ca), the staff was nice enough to allow Cinco de Mayo celebrations (though I would bet they don't celebrate "Coronation Day" or "Deutschen Einheit" [German unification] day, etc - - or "Christmas") at school. Several boys decided to wear American-flag themed clothes. They did not choose off others or dance on a Mexican flag. There were LOTS of these foreign jobs, as actual flags and on clothing.
The boys - - the U.S. patriots - - were promptly called into the office, in the same fashion as trouble makers. They were ordered by principal Nick Boden to apologize and turn the shirts inside out, disrespecting the spirit of the flag and the nation it represents. They refused (good for them - - just plain right and the first amendment are on their side). They were then ordered to GO HOME and leave the school to the revelers of a dubious foreign military victory. I would bet a lot of money that English or German flags aren't holy on the European holidays they don't celebrate. I bet they don't do a lot about pledging allegiance (to the U.S., anyway), either.
The School's web page has this Superintendent's notice:
"The Morgan Hill Unified School District does not prohibit nor do we
discourage wearing patriotic clothing. The incident on May 5 at Live Oak
High School is extremely unfortunate. While campus safety is our primary
concern and administrators made decisions yesterday in an attempt to
ensure campus safety, students should not, and will not, be disciplined for
wearing patriotic clothing. This situation and our response are under
We know that this is an emotionally charged topic. We would ask you to
encourage your students to be safe and focus on their academics while in
school. If conversations and/or activities are necessary to express their
feelings on this issue, we will find appropriate venues that do not disturb
student learning or jeopardize the safety of our students. Furthermore, we
encourage everyone to demonstrate respect for each other, open
communication, and responsibility."
At least they didn't (this time) expel Kindergartners for spreading peanut butter with a plastic KNIFE!! They did prove the point of laws like Arizona's SB 1070, though. Too many people who don't consider themselves Americans are displacing too many that do.
Contact them (intelligently, non-obscenely, non-violently) at:
Principal Nick Boden
Live Oak High School
1505 E Main St
Morgan Hill Ca 95307
Dr. Wesley Smith, Superintendent
Morgan Hill Unified School District
15600 Concord Circle
Morgan Hill Ca 95037
[ED NOTE - 5/7/10: Newer information has it that Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez actually took the illegal action at L.O.H.S. ]
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