An assistant principal at Live Oak told the group of boys on Wednesday to take off bandanas and shirts bearing American flags or turn the shirts inside out, according to some of the boys. At least one of the boys was also wearing shorts with the U.S. flag. "They said we could wear it on any other day," said Daniel Galli, one of the boys involved. "But today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it's supposed to be their holiday, so we were not allowed to wear it today." The boys said they were told the clothing was offending some Hispanic students and could spark fights. They were given the choice to leave or face suspension, they said.Being told they can't wear symbols of America at a school that DOESN'T prohibit such is a clear violation of the 1st Amendment to the United States Constition. If they offended the Hispanic students, oh well. Cinco de Mayo isn't an American holiday. It's a Mexican holiday that celebrates a military victory of Mexican forces over those of France. Once student is quoted as saying,
"I think they should apologize 'cause it is a Mexican heritage day," student Annicia Nunez said. "We don't deserve to get disrespected like that. We wouldn't do that on Fourth of July."
Well Alicia, in America, you should know that you don't have the right to be offended. It's tough to be an American because the people around you have a right to express themselves. If you don't like it, go home to Mexico. That is obviously where your heart lies. What you don't have, is the right to force other people from expressing their rights, that's called oppression.
UPDATE: It used to be that burning the flag was considererd to be "patriotic protest"...of course, you have to burn the "right" flag to get that consideration. 4 Students at Vintage High School in Napa Valley were suspended for burning a Mexican flag in protest of Cinco de Mayo.