The Live Oak High School Administrators have lost their minds. Yesterday five students were sent home; their offensive was wearing American Flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. During a brunch break (brunch break?) five boys were sitting at some tables minding their own business when an assistant principle approached them and asked them to turn their T shirts inside out and to remove the American flag bandannas, he told them wearing the flag on Cinco de Mayo was "incendiary".
The school has a large Mexican-American population and he felt it could cause fights. When the boys refused they were brought to the principal’s office. The boys were then told that they could either go home or be suspended. The boys called their parents and went home. The parents did meet with the school district office which did apologize and release a statement that said that the school was wrong to send the boys home.
A student who is of Mexican heritage believes she is owed an apology:
"I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day," Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. "We don't deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn't do that on Fourth of July."
Umm, Annicia, The Fourth of July is not American Heritage day. It is Independence Day; two very different things. What is really infuriating is the fact that Cinco de Mayo is not really celebrated in Mexico. It is a bigger deal in this country.
One of the boy’s mother said "Fat Chance" Good for her.
I am a firm believer that people should take pride in their culture and pass that onto their children. It is important to know where you came from. But this is clearly crossing a line.
If wearing American Flag T-shirts is going to cause a fight, the school has much bigger problems and maybe that is where they should be putting their energies rather than sending home five boys for having pride in being an American.
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