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School to student: Take U.S. flag off your bike
The First Amendment Center ^ | 11/12/10 | David L. Hudson Jr.

Posted on 11/12/2010 9:54:46 AM PST by fullchroma

Since when is honoring Veterans Day with the display of the American flag disruptive?

That's a question facing school officials at Denair (Calif.) Middle School who reportedly prohibited a 13-year-old student from attaching an American flag on the back of his bicycle.

According to a story by Monterey TV station KSBW, officials at the school near Modesto forced Cody Alicea to remove his flag because some other students complained.

School superintendent Edward Parraz told KSBW that students who didn’t like the flag might cause a disruption. Under the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, school officials can prohibit student expression if they can reasonably forecast that the speech or display will cause a substantial disruption.

But something is wrong with this Denair picture. The school administration apparently reasoned that because of some racial tension in the past stemming from Mexican flags displayed at school on Cinco de Mayo, it could ban the American flag. Yet other parts of the Tinker ruling should give officials pause before they engage in heavy-handed censorship. The Court proclaimed in Tinker: “But, in our system, undifferentiated fear or apprehension of disturbance is not enough to overcome the right to freedom of expression.”

Schools facing tensions over cultural differences can teach all students that disruptions over displays such as flags on bikes or backpacks will not be tolerated - rather than banning the expression.

Parraz was even quoted as saying that the "First Amendment is important," even as school officials proceed to ban Alicea's flag.

Let's hope this and other schools will show justifiable reasons before silencing student speech on the basis of "undifferentiated fear.”


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Mexico; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; deptofeducation; firstamendment; mexico; mexifornia; obama; palin; patriotism; uscalifornia; usflag
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1 posted on 11/12/2010 9:54:47 AM PST by fullchroma
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To: fullchroma

I don’t post often — hope everything’s right!


2 posted on 11/12/2010 9:55:46 AM PST by fullchroma
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To: fullchroma

Whatever happened to “make me!”


3 posted on 11/12/2010 9:57:05 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: fullchroma

So what happened to the Mexican kids who flew the Mexican flag?


4 posted on 11/12/2010 9:57:41 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: fullchroma
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5 posted on 11/12/2010 9:57:46 AM PST by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: fullchroma

It’s right all right. But it is just about the 3rd or 4th time today this has been posted.

But I’m not complaining. This needs to go viral.


6 posted on 11/12/2010 9:58:10 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: fullchroma

Video and article may be found at this link:

http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-americanflagbike11122010,0,3045879.htmlstory


7 posted on 11/12/2010 9:58:54 AM PST by NorwegianViking
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To: fullchroma

IMO anyone who is offended by the US Flag doesn’t have any business in this country.

If they have a cultural problem with the US flag , they should go back to where their culture is.

Why are we giving a free education to people who don’t belong here and don’t respect our flag?

If they want to fly their Mexican rag in front of their home then their home should be in Mexico.


8 posted on 11/12/2010 10:01:11 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Responsibility2nd
Like I said, I'm not complaining....

 

School to student: Take U.S. flag off your bike
 
11/12/2010 9:54:46 AM PST · by fullchroma · 6 replies
The First Amendment Center ^ | 11/12/10 | David L. Hudson Jr.
Since when is honoring Veterans Day with the display of the American flag disruptive? That's a question facing school officials at Denair (Calif.) Middle School who reportedly prohibited a 13-year-old student from attaching an American flag on the back of his bicycle. According to a story by Monterey TV station KSBW, officials at the school near Modesto forced Cody Alicea to remove his flag because some other students complained. School superintendent Edward Parraz told KSBW that students who didn’t like the flag might cause a disruption. Under the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School...
 

Student told to take U.S. flag off bike
 
11/12/2010 9:01:49 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 46 replies
UPI.com ^ | 11 November 2010 | UPI
DENAIR, Calif., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Officials in a California school district said a middle school student was told to take a U.S. flag off his bike to avoid "racial tension." Denair Unified School District Superintendent Edward Parraz said Cody Alicea, 13, was told not to fly the U.S. flag from his bike while at Denair Middle School after complaints from other students, KCRA-TV, Sacramento, Calif., reported. "(The) First Amendment is important," Parraz said. "We want the kids to respect it, understand it, and with that comes a responsibility." Parraz said racial tensions boiled over at the school this year...
 

School Boy Told He Must Remove Flag From Bike
 
11/12/2010 8:07:16 AM PST · by Brittany Pounders · 25 replies
www.LibertyJuice.com ^ | November 12, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
This is absolutely infuriating and I can only imagine my reaction if I were the mother of this patriotic schoolboy. I do all I can to instill a love of God and country in my children. My 10 year old son is deeply patriotic and I would be enraged if his school reacted to his patriotism in this manner. DENAIR – 13-year-old Cody Alicea rides with an American flag on the back of his bike. He says he does this to be patriotic and to honor veterans, like his own grandfather, Robert. He’s had the flag on his bike for...
 

School makes boy take American flag off bike
 
11/12/2010 7:41:25 AM PST · by Personal Responsibility · 99 replies
Fox 40 Sacramento ^ | Nov-12 | Elissa Harrington
13-year-old Cody Alicea rides with an American flag on the back of his bike. He says he does this to be patriotic and to honor veterans, like his own grandfather, Robert. He's had the flag on his bike for two months but Monday, was asked told to take it down. A school official at Denair Middle School told Cody some students had been complaining about the flag and it was no longer allowed on school property. "In this country we're supposed to be free," said Cody. "And I should be able to wave my flag wherever I want to. And...
 

School Forces Kid to take down US Flag on Veteran's Day (Mexicans censoring Americans, again)
 
11/11/2010 11:23:45 PM PST · by radpolis · 75 replies
KSBW ^ | 11/11/10 | KSBW
A Stanislaus County school is forcing a student to take an American flag off of his bike. Thirteen-year-old Cody Alicea put the flag there as a show of support for the veterans in his family. But officials at Denair Middle School told him he couldn't fly it. He said he was told some students had complained. So now the eighth-grader folds up the flag and puts it in his backpack while he is in class. His father, Robert Kisner, said his son should not have to put the flag away. "He's got that flag on his bike because he's proud...


9 posted on 11/12/2010 10:01:44 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
But it is just about the 3rd or 4th time today this has been posted.

This is different. It's the opinion of a First Amendment "scholar" at the First Amendment Center. It's good coverage. Maybe now AP will condescend to cover the story.

10 posted on 11/12/2010 10:04:11 AM PST by fullchroma
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To: fullchroma

Denair’s website appears to be down. Too bad.

http://dusd.k12.ca.us/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=68


11 posted on 11/12/2010 10:05:33 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots

Maybe the school needs to look for funding elsewhere to whatever extent they receive money from flag-loving U.S. taxpayers.


12 posted on 11/12/2010 10:09:59 AM PST by IM2MAD
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To: fullchroma
System overload.

All circuits are busy.

13 posted on 11/12/2010 10:10:27 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Dubya
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14 posted on 11/12/2010 10:12:51 AM PST by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: fullchroma
substantial disruption

Well, if the little ungrateful bastards were just SLIGHTLY loyal to the nation they are leaching off of there would not be a problem. Sounds like they need to get their butts somewhere where they will not see an evil racist American Flag.

Hummm, I wonder where that might be...

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15 posted on 11/12/2010 10:15:10 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Responsibility2nd

More of that valuable “public school” socialization....Hope all you “conservatives” delivering your children to your “really different” government schools are proud.


16 posted on 11/12/2010 10:23:01 AM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Responsibility2nd

More of that valuable “public school” socialization....Hope all you “conservatives” delivering your children to your “really different” government schools are proud.


17 posted on 11/12/2010 10:23:27 AM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: fullchroma
Once again because a FEW complained the MAJORITY have to do what the FEW want.
18 posted on 11/12/2010 10:37:06 AM PST by proudofthesouth (Libs are pro-life only when it comes to animals. When it comes to humans they are pro-death.)
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To: Parley Baer
“So what happened to the Mexican kids who flew the Mexican flag?”

Thats different, But then what do you expect from a Communist country.

19 posted on 11/12/2010 10:38:35 AM PST by mongo141
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To: fullchroma

20 posted on 11/12/2010 10:44:11 AM PST by Colonial Warrior (Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.)
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To: TexasCajun
All circuits are busy.

Heh heh. My bitch-slap lesson in the U.S. Supreme Court Tinker-ruling and First Amendment via fax to Superintendent Parraz can't get through, either. They're getting the message.

AP still ignoring although the UK Daily Mail has covered it.

21 posted on 11/12/2010 11:01:07 AM PST by fullchroma
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To: Colonial Warrior
There is a more general neologism, Oikophobia. Robert Scruton created it in a very interesting article.
http://www.civitas.org.uk/pdf/cs49-8.pdf
22 posted on 11/12/2010 3:33:42 PM PST by rmlew (You want change? Vote for the most conservative electable in your state or district.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

>> Like I said, I’m not complaining....

Shouldn’t that be prefaced with: “I’m no thread enforcer, but...”


23 posted on 11/12/2010 3:37:51 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: proudofthesouth

Since when did we become a society where the majority have to bend to the will of the few so that the few won’t be “offended”? My copy of the Constitution has no such guarantee to not be offended.


24 posted on 11/12/2010 4:26:49 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: fullchroma

so the school system told Cody to take off the flag because of potential racial & other problems. In short, it sounds like Cody was going to get beat up for flying his flag. Instead of defending Cody, the school system gave in to the bully’s demands....Nice (rolling eyes)


25 posted on 11/12/2010 4:36:19 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Parley Baer
So what happened to the Mexican kids who flew the Mexican flag?

Nothing, nobody complained....

26 posted on 11/12/2010 4:48:20 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks fullchroma.

School Reverses Course After Ordering Student to Remove American Flag From Bike
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2626397/posts


27 posted on 11/12/2010 4:49:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: fullchroma

Furthermore the American flag should take precedence and never be banned.

All other flags get behind Old Glory. They are a DISTANT second.


28 posted on 11/12/2010 4:59:45 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (NO MOS-que AP: It's the "GROUND ZERO MOSQUE")
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To: Parley Baer

Next year, I will be celebrating VM day on September 14th.


29 posted on 11/12/2010 5:39:42 PM PST by Hoodat ( .For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.d)
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To: fullchroma

So the school is basically saying it’s ok to burn the American flag but not display it ....


30 posted on 11/12/2010 6:19:25 PM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Don't Read The News You're Uninformed, If You Do Read The News You're Misinformed")
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To: fullchroma

This is a mystery to me; they should have rewarded him for flying a 50 star “Union” flag. Many people wouldn’t, because most Americans (of any race, party affiliation, or creed) were probably better off when it had 48 stars...Fly a Revolutionary War flag!


31 posted on 11/12/2010 11:28:33 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2
One of my favorite words today is 'incrementally'.....

This story, as well as ALL the other true events real Americans are experiencing lately are, imo, incrementally reclaiming our wonderful America!

This young man proudly & courteously honored his country...

...what happened to him has gone nationwide, perhaps worldwide!

LET'S TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY!

32 posted on 11/13/2010 5:09:19 AM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: fullchroma

Parents to school: go f88k yourself.


33 posted on 11/13/2010 7:28:19 AM PST by thethirddegree
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To: fullchroma

“Maybe now AP will condescend to cover the story”

Who cares. Why should they be seen as powerful?

People need to stop calling them ‘the’ AP too.


34 posted on 11/13/2010 8:07:37 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass
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To: Guenevere

“LET’S TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY!”

I agree with you, but unfortunately the commissars of Public Information regard that sentiment (or any type of patriotism) as judgmental, intolerant, racist (even when race has no bearing on it), or whatever else they think will discredit your point of view in the public discourse.


35 posted on 11/13/2010 8:17:57 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2; All

he can fly it again

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/school-responds-boy-forced-to-remove-flag-for-his-own-safety/


36 posted on 11/13/2010 9:36:32 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: IM2MAD

Parents of citizen children should organize and keep their children out of school on ALL cinco di mayo days in the future. They can claim that the celebration by the mexicans is a threat to their children.


38 posted on 11/13/2010 12:30:42 PM PST by Always Independent
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To: fullchroma

Me to Denair (Calif.) Middle School administrators: Get the F outta my country.


39 posted on 11/13/2010 1:01:57 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: A_Former_Democrat
All other flags get behind Old Glory. They are a DISTANT second.

In America, yes so they should be.

40 posted on 11/13/2010 4:56:38 PM PST by Vanders9
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To: fullchroma

Just freakin’ damn! Our greatest enemies are within the borders.


41 posted on 11/15/2010 10:50:21 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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