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Freshman Laura Ponce, who had a Mexican flag painted on her face and chest, told the Morgan Hill Times that Cinco de Mayo is the "only day" Mexican-American students can show their national pride.
Originally posted by jatsc
Wrong it did not offend Hispanics it offended Mexican Americans. Not all Hispanic give a darn about Cinco de Mayo.
But it does bring up a question of did the child/children who wore the shirt/s wear shirts with an American Flag on them all the time or regularly or did they just do this today to get a reaction out of someone.
If they wear American flag shirts all the time than there is no fault to them.
If they just wore it today and have never worn one before, something is not right about that; why wait until Cinco de Mayo to wear the shirt. Why not before or after in that case they are making a statement to enrage people.
[edit on 6-5-2010 by jatsc]
Originally posted by getreadyalready
Originally posted by Simply J
There is an obvious tension with that subject and school isn't the place for it. When you have kids wearing American bandans and shirts, don't you think it's blatantly obvious that they'd like to illicite some type of response? What do you think would occur if they continued walking down the halls, eating in the cafeteria, going outside. Fights would occur? Hatred would spill out? The possibility for a mass riot with the students?
I think sending those students home was a justified response.
You are probably right, and wearing a flag probably would elicit some response.....GOOD!! If someone wants to fight you or riot because of your patriotism, then good luck to em!
Does this mean that my short stint in an East St. Louis school, I should have hid the fact that I was white? I was white everyday, it did cause some fights!
Does this mean that a Jew can't wear a Yamika during the Christmas season? Does it mean that a Christian can't wear a Cross on the Solstices? Come on, you cannot ban everything that might be offensive!
I agree with rcw, the bandana's have already been banned because of gang affiliations. Certain colors and styles are banned as well. You can't have one pant leg pulled up, or your hat tilted to one side. Ridiculous but necessary. The US flag can never be banned on this soil. To do so would be TREASON!! This Administrator should be tried by a military tribunal!
Originally posted by kozmo
Hmmmm... Sooooooooo... School children, in AMERICA, wearing symbols of the American flag are trying to illicit some type of response? Like NATIONAL PRIDE!? Sooooooooo... we need to punish fully assimilated Americans so that a few unassimilated "Americans" can march around displaying a foreign flag and not be offended by the flag of the country that is providing them with the opportunity for freedom??? WTF is wrong with you??? The problem isn't with the children wearing the American flag IN AMERICA, it is with the children who would take excpetion to those who wear the flag of the country they live in!