Bay Area Students Punished for Sporting American Flag on Cinco de Mayo

Meredith Jessup

5/6/2010 9:25:58 AM - Meredith Jessup
On any other day, no one would think much about an American student wearing a tee shirt that sports the American flag.  But yesterday, on the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, Students at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., were asked to remove their American flag bandannas they were wearing on their heads and to turn their American flag tee shirts inside out.  When the students protested, they were ordered to the principal's office for disciplinary action.

Que?

Live Oak is a campus with an especially large Mexican-American student population and the PC police told the students they could wear their gear "on any other day, but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it's supposed to be their holiday..."  The students at the center of this "scandal" said school administrators called their tee shirts "incendiary" and worried they would lead to fights on campus.  (Perhaps something like this?)

"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," one student told the local news. After refusing to remove their shirts, the students went home to avoid suspension.

Many Mexican-American students reportedly said they were offended by the students wearing American colors on a Mexican holiday.

I would like to echo Glenn Beck's reaction from his morning radio show today: This country is supposedly a melting pot of different races and ethnicities.  You are in AMERICA, not Mexico.  MELT!