Remember how this past May, on Cinco de Mayo, American students in a California school were sent home for wearing the American flag on their clothing because it was considered "incendiary" on Cinco de Mayo?[American Students Sent Home on Cinco de Mayo]
Well, in another California school something similar has happened. A 13-year old a boy flew a flag from the back of his bicycle, and was ordered by his school to remove it:
Officials in a California school district said a middle school student was told to take a U.S. flag off his bike to avoid "racial tension." Denair Unified School District Superintendent Edward Parraz said Cody Alicea, 13, was told not to fly the U.S. flag from his bike while at Denair Middle School after complaints from other students, KCRA-TV, Sacramento, Calif., reported.
Here is the superintendent's torturous logic:
"(The) First Amendment is important," Parraz said. "We want the kids to respect it, understand it, and with that comes a responsibility." Parraz said racial tensions boiled over at the school this year around the Cinco de Mayo holiday. "Our Hispanic, you know, kids will, you know, bring their Mexican flags and they'll display it, and then of course the kids would do the American flag situation, and it does cause kind of a racial tension which we don't really want," Parraz said. "We want them to appreciate the cultures."
Student told to take U.S. flag off bike UPI.com, Nov. 11th, 2010
You can view a video here.