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CALI COURT RULES SCHOOL CAN BAN AMERICAN FLAG SHIRTS TO AVOID RACIAL STRIFE

Posted by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:33 PM
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http://www.100percentfedup.com/news/839-court-rules-school-can-ban-american-flag-shirts-to-avoid-racial-strife

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the officials' concerns of racial violence outweighed students' freedom of expression rights. Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would enflame the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday.
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Coconutty4Hubby
by Bronze Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:33 PM
Officials at a Northern California high school acted appropriately when they ordered students wearing American flag T-shirts to turn the garments inside out during the Mexican independence celebration Cinco de Mayo, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the officials' concerns of racial violence outweighed students' freedom of expression rights. Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would enflame the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday. Live Oak High School, in the San Jose suburb of Morgan Hill, had a history of problems between white and Latino students on that day.

The unanimous three-judge panel said past problems gave school officials sufficient and justifiable reasons for their actions. The court said schools have wide latitude in curbing certain civil rights to ensure campus safety.

"Our role is not to second-guess the decision to have a Cinco de Mayo celebration or the precautions put in place to avoid violence," Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote for the panel. The past events "made it reasonable for school officials to proceed as though the threat of a potentially violent disturbance was real," she wrote.

The case garnered national attention as many expressed outrage that students were barred from wearing patriotic clothing. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based American Freedom Law Center, a politically conservative legal aid foundation, and other similar organizations took up the students' case and sued the high school and the school district.

William Becker, one of the lawyers representing the students, said he plans to ask a special 11-judge panel of the appeals court to rehear the case. Becker said he would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court if he loses again.

"The 9th Circuit upheld the rights of Mexican students celebrating a holiday of another country over U.S. student proudly supporting this country," Becker said.
UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:08 PM
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I guess they'll have to find a different way to protest the holidays thier peers celebrate.
Mommabearbergh
by Gold Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:17 PM
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They were doing it out of spite not being patriotic. I personally don't like flags on clothing
Coconutty4Hubby
by Bronze Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:24 PM
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So screw their freedom of speech?

Quoting UpSheRises: I guess they'll have to find a different way to protest the holidays thier peers celebrate.
lga1965
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:31 PM

 

Quoting Mommabearbergh: They were doing it out of spite not being patriotic. I personally don't like flags on clothing

 That's how I feel. It was like "We're Number One and you're a foreigner".

Aside from that, I have always thought it was inappropriate to "wear" the flag.  I am not happy with most t-shirts that have logos or pictures,etc.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:36 PM
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Nobody said they couldnt express their opinion. Surely no one has sewn their mouths shut, right?

Quoting Coconutty4Hubby: So screw their freedom of speech?

Quoting UpSheRises: I guess they'll have to find a different way to protest the holidays thier peers celebrate.
PrEgGoSaUrUs
by Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:45 PM
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Exactly! Hateful little pricks.

Quoting Mommabearbergh: They were doing it out of spite not being patriotic. I personally don't like flags on clothing
PrEgGoSaUrUs
by Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM
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Yes screw it. They were being d!cks.

Quoting Coconutty4Hubby: So screw their freedom of speech?

Quoting UpSheRises: I guess they'll have to find a different way to protest the holidays thier peers celebrate.
motha2daDuchess
by Bruja on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:53 PM
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You don't truly appreciate cinco de mayo until you are 21 anyways...most people are actually against flag adorned clothing

Coconutty4Hubby
by Bronze Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM
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Everyone only wants to fight for gay rights and African American rights, no one wants to fight for these kids rights to wear a T-shirt with the American flag. Gtfo
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