Students punished for wearing American flags on Cinco de Mayo

Five students at a California high school were forced to leave school and then face disciplinary action yesterday for the crime of wearing clothing printed with American flag designs.

If you’re wondering how being patriotic could possibly merit punishment, it’s because the kids displayed the American flags on May 5. And as everyone knows, American flags are absolutely verboten on May 5.

Right? Doesn’t anybody remember that rule? Anybody? Bueller?

According to local TV stations KTVU and NBC Bay Area, this bewildering and deeply unsettling incident happened at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, a suburban town south of San Jose. As KTVU reported,

Five students at a South Bay high school stirred up some controversy Wednesday for wearing t-shirts depicting red, white and blue American flags on Cinco de Mayo.

School officials at Live Oak High in Morgan Hill told the students they had to go home if they wouldn’t turn the shirts inside out.

One of the students said it appeared school administrators were worried the patriotic shirts could trigger fights.

Some students at Live Oak High in Morgan Hill said others were planning to come to school Thursday wearing red, white and blue.

Four of the five students who wore American flags or patriotic colors on campus walked into a meeting with the superintendent of the Morgan Hill unified school district Wednesday night.

They were facing unexcused absences because they chose to go home early rather than take off what they were wearing.

“We knew it was Cinco de Mayo. But we just came to show our flag,” said student Dominic Maciel. “We didn’t mean anything by it. We didn’t want to start anything. Nothing like that.”

Student Anthony Caravalho was also sent home for not turning his shirt inside out.

“They said we had to wear our t-shirts inside out and then we could go back to class and we said no,” said Caravalho. “It would be disrespectful to the flag by hiding it.”

Daniel Galli, another student who was reprimanded for wearing a US flag, described what he was told by school administration.

“He said ‘If you wear it on any other day, it’s fine; but just because it’s today you can’t wear it,’” Galli said.

Make sure to watch the video at the KTVU link, because it shows clearly that the kids were not troublemakers, not “racists,” and not looking to start a fight. One of the five kids, Dominic Maciel, was himself of Hispanic heritage.

And the punishment wasn’t an off-the-cuff blunder by some inexperienced teacher; according to NBC,

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, but today is sensitive to Mexican Americans because it’s supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today,” Daniel Galli said.

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.

So here we have the Principal and the Vice-Principal of an American high school treating the Stars and Stripes as if it was a gang bandanna; even worse, the school administrators took sides in this imaginary US-vs.-Mexico gang fight by allowing the widespread display of Mexican flags on campus but banning (under threat of punishment) any display of the American flag.

NBC quotes a fellow student:

“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.”

Disrespected? I’m confused. Aren’t all the students Americans? Who is being disrespected by the display of our shared national flag?

Let’s pause for a moment and peel back the layers. It seems that many of the Hispanic students at Live Oak High (and probably innumerable other high schools across the country) have been so inculcated with an “identity politics” curriculum that, under the rubric of instilling pride and self-esteem, they have been convinced that they are somehow distinct from and separate from the other American students; that “we” feel disrespected when forced to perceive an American flag.

The school administration then stirs in their own toxic contribution: An assumption (typical of the “soft racism” of leftist ideology) that Hispanic students will respond with violence when they feel disrespected (“the patriotic shirts could trigger fights” is the euphemism they used). Even worse, fearing violence from Hispanic students, the adminstrators solve the crisis by banishing the “offensive” items, rather than warning students that any violence will be severely punished. In other words, the racist administrators insultingly assumed that their Hispanic students would erupt in violence at the sight of an American flag, and the only way to prevent this is to cower at the presumptive violence and preemptively cave in to the mob’s demands that American flags be banned from campus.

Are the United States and Mexico at war? Is May 5 some kind of “Hate America Day”? What the hell is going on here? Aren’t the U.S. and Mexico allies? Aren’t we friendly neighbors? What is the source of the friction? Isn’t the United States a melting pot where people of every ethnic heritage all live together in harmony as Americans — rather than being a collection of self-segregated ethnic enclaves seething with mutual hostility?

Furthermore, remember that Cinco de Mayo is actually a minor holiday in Mexico itself, commemorating a little-known military victory; Mexican Independence Day is on September 16, not May 5. In what way does the existence of a jolly holiday in one country necessitate self-flagellation in other countries? Do the people of Mongolia hang their heads in shame and hide their national flags on Thanksgiving — simply because some Americans in the vicinity might feel insulted that Mongolians still loved their country on an American holiday? The very idea is ridiculous. Yet that is exactly the attitude enforced by the administrators at Live Oak High in Morgan Hill.

Luckily, the Live Oak Five are not about to back down. As NBC reported,

“I’m not going to apologize. I did nothing wrong,” [Daniel] 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.”

From Pajamas Media

Will somebody please award that boy an “A+” in Civics?


Author: AKA John Galt

A small business owner, a tea party organizer, a son, father and husband who is not willing to sell out the future lives of his children.

9 thoughts on “Students punished for wearing American flags on Cinco de Mayo”

  1. DANIEL GALLI,,,,,,

  2. Why again do we need to celebrate another countries holiday anyways? From what I remember, we’re in America right…and how is Cinco de Mayo an American holiday.

    Either way, great article. Enjoyed the read and lets hope this doesn’t become a trend. Can’t please em all!

  3. When, as Americans, are we going to take back control of our country? Our civil rights, liberties and laws are being pulled out from under us. Mexico has the right to celebrate their Independance day, granted….but WE ARE NOT MEXICO. The United States of America has always been the great “melting pot”. There are so many cultures we celebrate at various times of the year in different parts of this Nation. Why is it considered offensive to fly the Stars & Stripes on Cinco de Mayo? Political correctness is going to be this Nations downfall. AMERICA HAS LOST IT’S BALLS to be the great Nation that it was founded to be…..and the voters are letting it happen.

    Am I a racist? NO. I have so many friends of foreign cultures that would die to protect this country, the question is moot. My point is, this is AMERICA. If you want to celebrate your cultural heritage, I’m fine with that. When you tell me I have to hide my flag, secret my colors, and cease to be an American…..all because I might “offend someone”……tell ya what Sparky, there’s a special place for you and I’d love to be the one to give you your one-way bus ticket.

    You want to celebrate your holiday, go right ahead…I might even celebrate with you, but don’t EVER tell me I can’t express the fact that I am an American. You may not like what you get in return!

  4. Sue the Principle, Vice Principle, and the School District! I live in Arizona and I’m darn tired of the Mexican’s (Mostly Illegal) trying to force their Holidays and their Illegal Status on us, by wanting to be ignored and have the Idiots in DC reward them for breaking our Laws. Amnesty-NO. Deportation-YES!

  5. There is NO such thing as a Mexican American or African American or any other ??? American, your either an AMERICAN or your here illegally. With that being said All American’s no matter where you come from should be proud of OUR flag and show it with pride any day you want to, you can still be proud of the flag from the country you where born in but BY GOD you should RESPECT the flag of the country that you live in and if you don’t than get the hell out… Those panty waste principles should be fired for being too stupid to be in charge of this country’s youth.

  6. I heard a couple of these same kids did the same thing last year. I also read that a couple of the school’s staff are getting threats and who knows what else? Why has this issue gone to the extent of jeopardizing peoples safety of their kids and family members at home when they were obviously thinking the care and safety of the kids at school as a part of their job. I know the controversy of Cinco de Mayo and the right for the children to bare your country’s colors is an issue at hand, but why should anyone’s place of home and peace be threatened? The News Stations and their Journalist need to follow up and really dissect the root of this story, and follow up on the threats that are taking place and who is doing it.

  7. Just a thought: since the students were not allowed to wear the flag on their shirts, did the school fly the US flag that day?

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