Student told not to fly U.S. flag

On the eve of Veteran’s Day, a California eighth-grader was told not to fly the U.S. flag on his bicycle because Mexican-American students objected.  It was for his own safety, said Denair Superintendent Edward Parraz.

“(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.”

Cody Alicea, 13, has been riding to school with the flag since the start of the school year. He folds it — correctly — and puts it in his backpack when he gets to campus.

Once the story got to TV, the superintendent said Cody can fly the flag.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    I think this is what’s called the potential heckler’s veto.
    It also has a genuine school administrator accusing the Hispanic kids of a terrible propensity to violence at the slightest provocation, i.e. the sight of an American flag.
    If I were a Hispanic advocate, I’d object to the implication. Actual Hispanic advocates are no doubt grinning broadly.

  2. Anyone is this country who is offended by our flag should leave the country forthwith.

  3. Sounds like a tempest in a teapot to me.

  4. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Sounds like a fool, at least for the day, in a district office to me.

  5. The false equivalency he flailed is exactly the same one the Hispanics will whine about next year.

    “The white kids get to bring their flags to school; how come we can’t bring ours?” without the foggiest hint of a clue as to how perfectly they display the problems that arise when we fail to assimilate our immigrants.

  6. OrangeMoon says:

    The hippies of the 60’s are now school teachers & administrators of the public schools. I still don’t understand the lack of anger when I read articles like this.

    With hard, economic times getting worse with $600b being printed watch for high inflation where all Americans suffer due to corrupt D.C.

  7. Plain and simple, the superintendent is a coward. First by bowing to anticipated social tension, then by quickly retreating once the public found out.

  8. Yep, he really is a coward. The solution to superiors who abuse their power or something like that is that their anomalies should be featured on TV for them to behave well..

  9. Maybe if the superintendent had a real job, as opposed to the make-work job of school superintendent, he’d also have to balance off considerations of feeding his own conceits, and indulging in naked cowardice, versus what it takes to educate kids. As it is the only crime he can commit, professionally, is annoying the school board.

  10. If they can ban the American flag on Veteran’s Day, they can ban the Mexican flag and “De Colores” 24/7/365.

  11. The American flag should not be displayed in the nation of Aztlan. Period.

  12. Aztlan? Hah. Totally made up nonsense.

    I think the U.S. should go ahead and conquer the rest of Mexico at this point. I figure that, if we have to pay for all the people anyway, we might as well get the land that goes with them as well…

  13. Shakespeare: And take in 100 million people without even the gumption to swim the Rio Grande? I think not!