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Five Morgan Hill students sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts [ California ]
gilroydispatch ^ | 5-6-10 | Lindsay Bryant

Posted on 05/06/2010 9:28:30 AM PDT by NoLibZone

Five Morgan Hill students sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts May 5, 2010 By Lindsay Bryant

Live Oak High School students from left, Daniel Galli, Austin Carvalho, Matt Dariano and Dominic Maciel were sent home from school Wednesday because they were wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Photo by: Lora Schraft, Staff Photographer

Freshman Laura Ponce shows off her Mexican pride as she wears a Mexican flag over her shoulders and wears facepaint Wednesday as she waits for school to get out at Live Oak. Photo by: Lora Schraft, Staff Photographer

Five Live Oak High School students' First Amendment rights were challenged this morning when they were asked to leave school because they donned American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Officials at the school chose not to comment on the situation, but one student said an official called the T-shirts "incendiary."

"They said we were starting a fight, we were fuel to the fire," said sophomore Matt Dariano.

The Morgan Hill Unified School District issued this statement: "In an attempt to foster a spirit of cultural awareness and maintain a safe and supportive school environment, the Live Oak High School administration took certain actions earlier today. 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 five teens were sitting at a table outside during their brunch break about 10:10 a.m. when Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez asked two boys to take off their American flag bandannas. The boys said they complied. In the same conversation, sophomore Dominic Maciel said, Rodriguez told the group to "walk with him to the office."

Dariano called his mother Diana, who spread the word to the other parents, who all arrived soon after to have a conference with Rodriguez and Principal Nick Boden. The group said they were not instigating anything and did what they always do at break - sit and talk and eat.

The boys were told they must turn their T-shirts inside-out or be sent home - and that it would not be considered a suspension - but that Rodriguez did not want any fights to break out among Mexican-American students and those wearing American flags. Dariano said other students were wearing American flags but since they were a group of five "we were the easiest target to cause trouble" according to Rodriguez, he said.

The boys told Rodriguez and Boden that turning their T-shirts inside-out was disrespectful, so their parents opted to take them home.

"I just couldn't believe it," said Dominic's mother Julie Fagerstrom. "I'm an open-minded parent, but it's got to be on both sides. It can't be five kids singled out."

A front-desk secretary said Boden was unavailable for any comment on what had happened Wednesday and Rodriguez was busy with testing, the secretary said.

More than 100 students were spotted wearing red, white and green as they were leaving school. Some had the Mexican flag painted on their faces or on their arms.

Nothing in Live Oak's dress code policy addresses what transpired Wednesday, but it does state that "the school has the right to request that any student dressing inappropriately for school will change into other clothes, be sent home to change, and/or be subject to disciplinary action."

One Mexican-American student, freshman Laura Ponce, had a Mexican flag painted on her face and chest, peaking out of her low-cut shirt. She did it because, "it's our day, the only day we can show our spirit." A school administrator took away the Mexican flag she was carrying as she was waiting to go home. Ponce said: "not cool."

"There was a lot of drama going on today," Ponce said. Some were saying "Mexico sucks" while Mexican-American students responded in their second language.

"Some were yelling Spanish to us," Maciel said, who is half-Hispanic. "I couldn't understand it, but it sounded bad."

Some Mexican-American students said that their flags were taken away or asked to be put away, but none were sent home for wearing red, white and green. Since Boden would not comment, it's uncertain if any other students were sent home for what they were wearing on Cinco de Mayo.

Live Oak High School even hosted a group of professional baile folklorico dancers, who waved flags and played traditional music from Mexico.

"It's sad it's come to this," Fagerstrom said. "But we stand behind their patriotic nature and the boys expressing their individuality."

The boys wrote a two-paragraph statement that they each signed detailing their support for American patriotism and that they felt disrespected and discriminated against when their First Amendment rights were discarded Wednesday at school.

"We were not going to start a fight. We wanted to show our pride," Dariano said.


TOPICS: Extended News; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; cindodemayo; illegals; multiculturalism; oldglory; tshirt

1 posted on 05/06/2010 9:28:30 AM PDT by NoLibZone
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To: NoLibZone

Principal Miguel Rodriguez? Hmmmm.


2 posted on 05/06/2010 9:34:09 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: NoLibZone
http://cbs5.com/local/american.flag.shirts.2.1677973.html
"Live Oak's principal had no comment. The Morgan Hill Unified School District, however, disagreed with the high school.

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

By sundown, the district met with all the students and parents, and they all got good news. The t-shirts can stay."


3 posted on 05/06/2010 9:34:21 AM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: Dutchboy88

California is a foreign country. All conservatives in CA should leave and California given to Mexico.


4 posted on 05/06/2010 9:35:21 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: NoLibZone
Daniel Galli, Austin Carvalho, Matt Dariano and Dominic Maciel ...Young Patriots!!!
5 posted on 05/06/2010 9:35:50 AM PDT by gitmogrunt
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To: NoLibZone

Principal’s Email:

Miguel.Rodriguez@mhu.k12.ca.us


6 posted on 05/06/2010 9:36:58 AM PDT by Falcon28
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To: NoLibZone

The way I see it.

1) The students of Mexican heritage have no rights NOT to be offended.
2) The students wearing the American Flag have a constitutional right to do this.
3) The students wearing the American Flag have no rights NOT to be offended by the students of Mexican heritage wearing Mexican flags.

Uhm - the only ones who had their rights violated were the the American students.... the principal needs to be fired!


7 posted on 05/06/2010 9:38:21 AM PDT by fremont_steve
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To: NoLibZone
To all, this is the guy that is offended by the American flag.

Call Live Oak Vice Principal Miguel Rodriguez at:

Switchboard (408) 201-6100

Ext: 40105

8 posted on 05/06/2010 9:41:01 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Bitsy

That would be agreeable to those of us here in AZ...however, I suspect La Raza & Reconquista would not stop there.


9 posted on 05/06/2010 9:41:27 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: NoLibZone

The ACLU should be filing suit shortly.

/s


10 posted on 05/06/2010 9:42:13 AM PDT by freespirited (There are a lot of bad Republicans but there are no good Democrats.--Ann Coulter)
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To: Bitsy

America is becoming a foriegn country.


11 posted on 05/06/2010 9:42:25 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: NoLibZone

What do you suppose would happen if Mexican students wore a T-shirt with the Mexican Flag to a school event on an American Holiday?

Would they be sent home too?


12 posted on 05/06/2010 9:42:51 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: NoLibZone

“Five Morgan Hill students sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts [ California ]”

What in hell made these kids think that flying our flag in a foreign land would be met any other way?


13 posted on 05/06/2010 9:44:14 AM PDT by Grunthor (Over YOUR dead body!)
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To: fremont_steve

The Mexican students should have been sent home for complaining about the AMERICAN flag in AMERICA.


14 posted on 05/06/2010 9:44:36 AM PDT by klb99 (I now understand why the South seceeded)
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To: Retired Greyhound; Bitsy
America is becoming a foriegn country.

Thank you...Some people are a little slow to figure this out and believe this is somehow still isolated to Cal or the southwest...

15 posted on 05/06/2010 9:44:44 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Retired Greyhound
America is becoming a foreign country of foreigners.

There, fixed it.

16 posted on 05/06/2010 9:45:04 AM PDT by ronnyquest (There's a communist living in the White House! Now, what are you going to do about it?)
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To: Falcon28

They need to fire this racist bigot Raza boy or at least take him to court.

The quote from the Hispanic girl says it all, “our day” “disrespeck us” (sic) her on her day....gang lingo, so the admin was fearful of violence against the white kids I bet. So you do what all good teachers union leaders do you violate the good kids rights as he offers no threat to you and as a good Raza leader you pander to the common goal la Patria and the snake in a cactus with an eagle. Viva La Republica y nuestro bandera...oops wrong country.


17 posted on 05/06/2010 9:48:47 AM PDT by colonialhk (Elect Veterans not Lawyers)
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To: colonialhk
This is the guy that is offended by the American flag.

Call Live Oak Vice Principal Miguel Rodriguez at:

Switchboard (408) 201-6100

Ext: 40105

Or call:

Morgan Hill Unified School District

15600 Concord Circle

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

408-201-6000

18 posted on 05/06/2010 9:49:18 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Bitsy

Almost there folks


19 posted on 05/06/2010 9:50:36 AM PDT by colonialhk (Elect Veterans not Lawyers)
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To: NoLibZone

Kali-forn-yah is a lost cause, showing exactly the future of runaway illegal immigration for the USA.


20 posted on 05/06/2010 10:03:45 AM PDT by blasater1960 ( Dt 30, Ps 111, The Torah is perfect, attainable, now and forever)
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To: blasater1960
This is the guy that is offended by the American flag.

Call Live Oak Vice Principal Miguel Rodriguez at:

Switchboard (408) 201-6100

Ext: 40105

Or call:

Morgan Hill Unified School District

15600 Concord Circle

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

408-201-6000

21 posted on 05/06/2010 10:10:15 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: NoLibZone

One Mexican-American student, freshman Laura Ponce, had a Mexican flag painted on her face and chest, peaking out of her low-cut shirt. She did it because, "it's our day, the only day we can show our spirit."

Go back to Mexico and then you can show your spirit every day.

22 posted on 05/06/2010 10:13:22 AM PDT by inflorida
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To: Bitsy
and California given to Mexico

No way. They leave, we keep it.

California was built by the Americans. Any history will show you that. The Mexican upper class would like to steal it now, and they have sent their parasite class to undermine the place and soften up resistance to their takeover.

We simply have to reverse all of that. We can.

23 posted on 05/06/2010 10:17:01 AM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property.....)
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To: Dutchboy88
That would be agreeable to those of us here in AZ...however, I suspect La Raza & Reconquista would not stop there.

It is interesting that foreigners want to come here and change our country, take our benefits, and use our facilities. Do they think we worked so hard for generations to let them run over us - Hell no! If we gave them California, in one year it would be just like Mexico - 3 rd world, ruined and corrupt. Go back to Mexico and fix your own damned country and leave ours alone. We worked out butts off to get where we are today and our forefathers gave us a good foundation. Keep your ands off our government and our government handouts. If you want to be a citizen, go through the process as my ancestors did - don;t you dare demand a thing from me! Come November we hope to introduce you to a new game in town!

24 posted on 05/06/2010 10:17:33 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: colonialhk
so the admin was fearful of violence against the white kids I bet

That was his excuse. Considering that two American teenagers in Santa Cruz have been murdered by Mexican gang bangers in the last 6 months, he has a point.

But what that means is that the Mexican terrorists have won. At least in the "American" schools.

For now.

25 posted on 05/06/2010 10:19:15 AM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property.....)
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To: Regulator

We simply have to reverse all of that. We can.

And, we will! November and thereafter. NEVER again will we be ruled by the leftist parasites who have attached themselves to a God fearing country and tried to extract the blood of hardworking Americans. Out with them all and all their disgusting,progressive, leaches who only want the demise of our Republic and a Communist flag flown over Washington D.C. NEVER!


26 posted on 05/06/2010 10:28:36 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Bitsy

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2507465/posts

Check out what the unwelcome visitors are demanding that you give them, OR they will continue to kill policemen in AZ.

We have fallen asleep and must awaken to push this evil back. It is inside the country, in our very midst. The men/women leading this country have taken America away to another place. If November does not begin to solve this, we have harder work to do.


27 posted on 05/06/2010 11:00:09 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: NoLibZone

I hope they sue the school district. Wonder if the ACLU will take the case? Probably not, since it doesn’t involve flag burning...


28 posted on 05/06/2010 11:19:54 AM PDT by KingofZion
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To: Dutchboy88

SUE THE SOCKS OFF THE SUCKER.

I hate such suits.

However . . . sometimes it’s overly warranted.

Sheesh what traitorous idiots are in charge of the assylum.


29 posted on 05/06/2010 11:23:41 AM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: NoLibZone

Miguel Rodriguez

We shall be watching for your nations ( mexico ) flag on July 4th.

More evidence of why Mexicans should be rounded up and sent home.

They will never ever assimilate into our nation.


30 posted on 05/06/2010 11:24:15 AM PDT by NoLibZone (Liberals are right. The AZ situation is like Nazi Germany. Mexico is Germany and Arizona is Poland)
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To: Quix
"However . . . sometimes it’s overly warranted.

Sheesh what traitorous idiots are in charge of the assylum."

In the words of a famous poster here at FR, "Indeed." We must be more vigilent than we have been.

31 posted on 05/06/2010 12:02:40 PM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: Dutchboy88

WELL PUT.

THX THX.


32 posted on 05/06/2010 12:08:01 PM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: NoLibZone

Um...the families of the boys who wore the U.S. flag appear to have assimilated quite nicely.


33 posted on 05/06/2010 1:19:48 PM PDT by Politicalmom (A racist is a conservative who is winning an argument with a liberal.-FReeper Freespirited)
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