Thursday, May 06, 2010


Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Freedom of expression or cultural disrespect on Cinco de Mayo?
Updated 6:26 AM PDT, Thu, May 6, 2010
From Here:

On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag. But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a large Mexican American student population.

Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch break when the vice principal asked two of the boys to remove American flag bandannas that they wearing on their heads and for the others to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out. When they refused, the boys were ordered to go to the principal's office.

"They said we could wear it on any other day," Daniel Galli said, "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 the administrators called their T-shirts "incendiary" that would lead to fights on campus.

"They said if we tried to go back to class with our shirts not taken off, they said it was defiance and we would get suspended," Dominic Maciel, Galli's friend, said.

The boys really had no choice, and went home to avoid suspension. They say they're angry they were not allowed to express their American pride. Their parents are just as upset, calling what happened to their children, "total nonsense."

"I think it's absolutely ridiculous," Julie Fagerstrom, Maciel's mom, said. "All they were doing was displaying their patriotic nature. They're expressing their individuality."

But to many Mexican-American students at Live Oak, this was a big deal. They say they were offended by the five boys and others for wearing American colors on a Mexican holiday.

"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."

As for an apology, the boys and their families say, "fat chance."

"I'm not going to apologize. I did nothing wrong," Galli said. "I went along with my normal day. I might have worn an American flag, but I'm an American and I'm proud to be an American."
The five boys and their families met with a Morgan Hill Unified School District official Wednesday night. The district released a statement saying it does not agree with how Live Oak High School administrators handled this incident.

The boys will not be suspended and they were told they can go back to school Thursday. They may even wear their red, white, and blue colors again, but this time, the day after Cinco de Mayo, there will be no controversy.


  1. Home school.

    This PC nonsense is everywhere in the public school system.

  2. The story is in the east coast papers this morning. Remember those who can - teach, Those that can't - become administrators. Those two made a really stupid mistake.

    I can't wait to see what neo-naz... I mean conservatives like Glenn Beck are going to say about this. You can bet they will just pour gas on the fire.

  3. My personal opinion is that the principal and his assistant need at least an official reprimand. If it were up to me, I'd put them on "the fast track" out of the school district.

    They acted stupidly, against basic American principle, and probably broke at least six laws.

    Who are we? Americans or Mexicans? No other nationality would make threats over an American flag display on their national holiday.

    We have a small French community here. They have a Bastille Day picnic. If I showed up wearing an American flag scarf, not one of them would bat an eye or feel I was disrespectful.

    We have an annual Sons of Scotland day too, with games and traditional foods and music. While everyone who attends honors their heritage, none of them would feel any disrespect from an American Flag display. In fact the Cross of St. Andrew flies next to the US flag in the park on that day.