In a case that pits individual rights against kids' safety, the California Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that it was appropriate for school officials to ban students at Live Oak High School outside of San Jose from wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco De Mayo. The May 5th holiday, popular in the United States but largely unrecognized in Mexico, commemorates the 1862 battle of Puebla and celebrates Mexican culture, heritage, and pride. The school has a history of racial tension and gang violence.
The ruling stems from a controversial incident in 2010, when five students were told by school administrators to either turn their American Flag t-shirts inside out or go home. In a unanimous decision, the court cited two instances where students had been threatened with violence for wearing the flag. In 2009, Mexican students told an assistant principal they would "f**k up"Read More »from Court Okays High School Ban on American Flag T-Shirts