posted on May, 11 2010 @ 12:54 PM
I agree and am behind the school for doing this 100%. If this would've been done when I was in high school, the violence there would've been lowered
significantly. There were constant "riots" big brawls at my school. 5 de Mayo was not a day of celebration at my old school. Arriving to school in
the mornings, Police buses were already lined up in the middle of the school. Possibly as a warning, (although none of the kids cared), and to prepare
for what was about to happen. There was one 5 de Mayo in particular that was the worst. I'm 21 now, but I was a Mexican-American Junior at Compton
High School. Going to school there you really had to watch your back during this time, (Although it happened year round) no matter what race you were.
Black, Latino, White, or Samoan. Racism is a very bad problem at that school and it always seemed to happen the worse during celebrations of this
During this particular 5 de Mayo, the celebration during lunch was well under way. But you could already feel the racial tension brewing as the Blacks
would stay on one side of the senior square and the Hispanics on the other celebrating our holiday. It started like always, people waving America
flags and yelling the same racial comments. "Go back to Mexico, you're not wanted here, things of that nature. Well things went from celebration to
full on riot in 5 minutes at the most. I didn't participate in the fighting as I don't celebrate 5 de Mayo, and I could care less what comments you
throw at me. But when this riot was over. Many kids were handcuffed and in the police buses. A black male was stabbed in his right hand, kids would be
hit with police batons and some even pepper sprayed. Even females would participate in the fighting and sometimes even get attacked by males. Shots
were fired, although not inside the school, a "drive-by" you can call it. No one was injured and I never found out if it was aimed at the school or
was a random shooting outside the school. But the school went on lock-down, walking to my class I could see blood in the hallway from when the black
male was stabbed, blood outside from all the fighting, It would look like a war zone from a movie.
It's why I agree with this school sending those students home. Because kids at my school would bring American flags only on that day, only to
instigate, and start the violence. If they want to show there patriotism, then why do it only on 5 de Mayo? Why not bring them during American
celebrations? I never saw them wearing or bringing flags during labor day, memorial day, or any American holiday. I'm pretty sure this was the
intentions of those kids sent home, only to instigate and cause problems.