Video: School tells student to remove flag from his bicycle

posted at 12:15 pm on November 12, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Via JWF, this will probably be the outrageous outrage of the day. A 13-year-old boy has flown the flag on the back of his bike to and from his middle school for a couple of months, in part to honor the military service of his grandfather. This week, according to the family, the school told Cody Alicea to remove the flag … just in time for Veterans Day. The reason? Other students complained about the American flag:

13-year-old Cody Alicea rides with an American flag on the back of his bike. He says he does this to be patriotic and to honor veterans, like his own grandfather, Robert. He’s had the flag on his bike for two months but Monday, was asked told to take it down.

A school official at Denair Middle School told Cody some students had been complaining about the flag and it was no longer allowed on school property.

The school has yet to respond, but this looks like a typical bureaucratic response to any issue rather than a particularly hostile attitude towards the flag by the administration. People complain, and instead of using it as a teaching moment to show that free speech and tolerance means allowing people to express their patriotism as well as their protests, the school instead seems to have acted to quash the controversy by pressuring the student into taking his flag down from his bicycle as the path of least resistance.

Sometimes the proper response to complaints is to reply, “Mind your own business.” I suspect that Denair Middle School’s administration is learning a lesson in free speech today, and the consequences of administrative cowardice.

Update: I have e-mailed the school principal for a comment or statement on this story, and will update when I get a response.

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MochaLite on November 12, 2010 at 1:04 PM

The super should be FIRED for incompetence.

belad on November 12, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Again, California only begins to make sense when you think of it as an insane asylum.

I wonder if they even bother to say the pledge of allegiance at this school.

stevezilla on November 12, 2010 at 1:11 PM

“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.”

Yep. Sounds like a grade-A weenie.

salmonczar on November 12, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Parraz said the campus has recently experienced some racial tension. He said some students got out of hand on Cinco de Mayo.

“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.”

Parraz said if a disruption arises over a flag, they want it to be taken down to protect the safety of all students.

I thought these Mexicans came to the US because they wanted a new life. If they find it so unappealing and in fact prefer their former residence in Mexico, maybe they should go back and fly their Mexican flags there. In the US, we fly the American flag. If it bugs them to see the Stars and Stripes, that’s just too darned bad.

katieanne on November 12, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Just for the heck of it, I decided to forward the story to the Rolling Thunder National HQS. It sure would be nice if they saw fit to escort this patriotic young man to school.

NavyMustang on November 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Just for the heck of it, I decided to forward the story to the Rolling Thunder National HQS. It sure would be nice if they saw fit to escort this patriotic young man to school.

This is something I would love to see. I hope it happens.

katieanne on November 12, 2010 at 1:14 PM

The surest disinfectant/remedy for this kind of nonsense is a well-deserved tsunami of incoming emails that crash the school’s site.

Guess that’s happened. When all is said and done, I bet the kid’s flag ends up staying.

marybel on November 12, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Mmmm, let’s see.

In the fake 1st Amendment case, Amazon (a private company) seemed to initially think it HAD to sell a manual written by a child-molester to educate other how to molest children and ruin them.

Yet, in this case, an organ of the government, a public school, actually tramples all over the 1st Amendment.

Such is the perversity of modern living.

Jack Bauer on November 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM

The kid should fly a Gadsden Flag on the bike, and see what the pointy-headed bureaucrats think about that!

Haiku Guy on November 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM

My love for California shrinks a little more everyday. It’s such a beautiful place I don’t want to leave, but it seems soon I won’t have a choice… Fortress of Stupidtude!

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on November 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM

I’m faxing them U.S. Flags right now…. Lot’s of them! hehe

maintenanceman on November 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM

ADDENDUM.

Get that people:

Liberals get all up in arms about a private company beingh forced NOT to sell a manual advising DULTS on how best to molest 13 year old boys.

Liberals get all up in arms about a 13 year old boy flying the US flag from his own property and want to ban THAT PRACTISE.

I sense a disconnect here.

Jack Bauer on November 12, 2010 at 1:23 PM

While I live in an area of So. Suburban Chicago(Chicago Heights) that has a large Mexican population what happened at that school wouldn’t fly even here.
My community redid its veterans memorial this summer and it looks lovely and is well cared for.
There’s a house not too far from me that was displaying ONLY a Mexican flag. either someone complained to them or stole it-which I don’t advocate-because there’s no flag outside the home in question anymore.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 12, 2010 at 1:25 PM

http://www.fox40.com/videobeta/?watchId=74dc92b0-5969-4a9e-88ff-d708569bd6d5

The superintendent said Cody was asked to take down the flag for his safety. So its come to a point where it is dangerous to fly the flag in our own country? Maybe something ought to be done to those threatening Cody and stop the insanity. What is wrong with California?

katieanne on November 12, 2010 at 1:27 PM

I wonder if they even bother to say the pledge of allegiance at this school.

stevezilla on November 12, 2010 at 1:11 PM

What? The pledge??? No way! It has a pledge to America…which they hate. It mentions that we’re one nation, under God! God? God who? And it requires your hand over your heart as you make this pledge.

It’s amazing how some can hate this country so much. They see nothing but evil from it…while never bothering to see all the good that it’s done since it’s inception.

capejasmine on November 12, 2010 at 1:27 PM

The school has yet to respond, but this looks like a typical bureaucratic response to any issue rather than a particularly hostile attitude towards the flag by the administration.

I don’t buy that bunk. If you ask a patriotic child to remove his flag from his bike you are being hostile and giving preferential treatment to the encroachers, however much they try and play that game. Hostile to my child and hostile to me as his parent who has imbued him with these beliefs.

My son often places a USA flag on the back of his bike just like the kid in that picture and if his principal ever asked him to remove it because she says someone is getting offended by it, she’d have me in her face before the 3 o’clock bell is sounded.

Seriously, whomever is offended by the site of that majestic flag has no business living in this country.

RepubChica on November 12, 2010 at 1:29 PM

The superintendent said Cody was asked to take down the flag for his safety….

katieanne on November 12, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Nothing juvie hall won’t be able to fix. You touch my kid, I’m pressing charges.

RepubChica on November 12, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I just checked the school’s website to see if they had a picture of the front of the school with an American flag flying, as does every other school I recall seeing.

The website is “temporarily offline.”

Overwhelmed, or hiding? Hmmmmmmmmm.

iurockhead on November 12, 2010 at 1:37 PM

God bless Cody for honoring his Grandpa. Those weasels in that school should be ashamed of themselves. I would love to see the guys for Rolling Thunder ride with Cody to school. Eyes would be bugging out.

kingsjester on November 12, 2010 at 1:41 PM

As found on their website, here is the “Mission Statement: for the school, my emphasis added:

Denair Middle School Mission Statement
Denair Middle School provides a comprehensive student-centered program dedicated to motivate and educate students to become productive, effective life-long learners and leaders as they grow and develop appropriate interactions with other members of society.
Please feel free to contact us at 632-2510 or fax at 634-0269.

Sure. Like taking a punitive action against a child who proudly displayed an American Flag on his bicycle, based solely on an alleged anonymous complaint?

By the way, check the photo of the school on the Home page of the website . . . having done so myself, I’m having a little trouble locating the American Flag flying at the school.

There is none on this photo on this page of the website page either . . . unless that pole in the middle, the one with the top cropped off is the flag pole!

Anyone?

Trochilus on November 12, 2010 at 1:41 PM

this looks like a typical bureaucratic response to any issue rather than a particularly hostile attitude towards the flag by the administration.

Vapid and counterintuitive benefit of the doubt. I refuse to grant it.

Dennis Prager cracked a fine joke the other day: what’s the difference between Californians and the passengers on the Titantic? The Titanic passengers didn’t vote to hit the iceburg.

rrpjr on November 12, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Somebody needs to do a capture of the schools web site if they get in. At least of the picture of the school with the American flag cropped off.

FloatingRock on November 12, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Disclaimer: when I proposed capturing their web site I meant save it, not hack it…. :)

FloatingRock on November 12, 2010 at 1:48 PM

This is a scary story; I think stories like this should be viewed in the most alarming way possible and not just written off as stupid bureacrats acting up. Reading the school’s mission statement, one’s sense of alarm should only be sharpened. We are losing something in America, and my feeling is that far too few are mobilizing against its loss. Or am I mistaken? Are more people out there fighting this than I know about? But it is a creeping malignancy which is very hard to fight. One must see it as part of something larger. It starts with the national conversation. It starts with challenging the “received truths” of our culture and even the rules of how we talk about them in the media and elsewhere. It starts with politicians — those on our side — taking far more risks to speak up and challenge the dozen of assumptions and lazy biases and passing omissions and glancing slanders about and against America and our freedoms that go on every day around them and us. We cannot take anything for granted anywhere at anytime anymore.

rrpjr on November 12, 2010 at 1:54 PM

FlameWarrior Predicts:

* Stage 1. The outpouring of national public anger directed at the school will initially be met by school officials either digging in their heels and doubling down, or by lame attempts at explaining how this was all an honest mistake and that they actually support patriotic displays of the flag.

* Stage 2. School official will apologize and promise a full investigation of what went wrong so as not to permit this sort of misunderstanding from happening again (i.e. figure out how in future to prevent students from allowing school officials to become targets of transcontinental scorn and ridicule).

* Stage 3. The boy’s punishment will quietly NOT be lifted (these are libs in control, after all, and they know very well how to make an example of dissenters from the party line).

FlameWarrior on November 12, 2010 at 1:57 PM

No Old Glory allowed in Obamastan!

What has become of our nation?

esnap on November 12, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Hey c’mon folks, we all know none of the kids at the school complained, it’s the teachers. Our schools and civil service’s are riddled with Bolshiveks from top to bottom.

Seeing as we are talking out a school here, let’s do a little 2+2=4 shall we? The Bolshivek revolution was instigated and carried out by what?

Unions!

The civil services fall under the AFSCME union, who’s second in command is Jeff Booth, he and his wife Heather Booth (now in the Obama Admin.) are both formers SDS/Weathermen. As we all know that called for violent overthrow of the US to implement Communism

Another public service union is the SEIU, formerly run by Andy Stern who also was a SDS/Weathermen and in Obama’s 1st year in the oval was it’s most frequent visitor.

Our schools no longer teach history, much less American history, they teach Social Studies. One requires accuracy such as names, dates and places. The other is rather nebulous and teachs diversity and appreciation of other cultures, but not our own! In colleges you will now be hard pressed to find any courses on Locke, Smith, Hume or Acton, But scads of course work devoted Marx, Engles, Kafke, Che and so on. The course work is dominated by….wait for it…Teachers Unions!

Are we beginning to see a pattern yet?

Archimedes on November 12, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Archimedes on November 12, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Godwin’s Law Alert! (Well, sort of): As the Nazis took power, some of the most active participants in the burning of books were students and teachers. So in this case, even if students were complaining about shows of patriotism, they didn’t do so in a vacuum.

DrMagnolias on November 12, 2010 at 2:12 PM

I think the sotry needs a closer look. Look at the school’s curriculum and the demographic makeup of the students. Why is there hostility to the flag? You’ll find your answers with a closer look.

Daemonocracy on November 12, 2010 at 2:13 PM

some students had been complaining about the flag and it was no longer allowed on school property.

On public property in the United States of America? How far things have come from my days in school when there was a flag out front, complete with honor guard, and a flag in every classroom.

Don’t these school admins ever learn? Every time they do something like this, it goes viral and they get spanked.

Good for this kid for standing up for patriotism, his grandfather, the flag, and himself. He will be that much stronger for the experience.

Common Sense on November 12, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Remember boys and girls, BULLYING IS A BAD THING!

(Unless it’s done by liberal Denair Middle School officials against a patriotic 13-year-old kid)

olesparkie on November 12, 2010 at 2:19 PM

The superintendent said Cody was asked to take down the flag for his safety….

katieanne on November 12, 2010 at 1:27 PM

The more I think about this, the more it sounds like intimidation against a 13-year-old kid by those in authority.

RepubChica on November 12, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Speaking of their test scores:

CST Results

Scale: % at or above proficient

Grade 6

English Language Arts
48% (2010)
49% (2009)
43% (2008)
43% (2007)
44% (2006)
The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2010.

Math
52% (2010)
36% (2009)
32% (2008)
32% (2007)
35% (2006)
The state average for Math was 52% in 2010.

Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Grade 7

English Language Arts
50% (2010)
55% (2009)
50% (2008)
50% (2007)
53% (2006)
The state average for English Language Arts was 55% in 2010.

Math
50% (2010)
33% (2009)
28% (2008)
35% (2007)
39% (2006)
The state average for Math was 49% in 2010.

Algebra I
Data not available for this school (2010)
Data not available for this school (2009)
Data not available for this school (2008)
Data not available for this school (2007)
The state average for Algebra I was 85% in 2010.

Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Grade 8

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)
0% (2010)
18% (2009)
18% (2008)
20% (2007)
18% (2006)
The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2010.

Science
60% (2010)
55% (2009)
59% (2008)
42% (2007)
25% (2006)
The state average for Science was 59% in 2010.

English Language Arts
49% (2010)
40% (2009)
50% (2008)
55% (2007)
36% (2006)
The state average for English Language Arts was 54% in 2010.

History – Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative
36% (2010)
37% (2009)
31% (2008)
31% (2007)
19% (2006)
The state average for History – Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 47% in 2010.

Algebra I
19% (2010)
27% (2009)
21% (2008)
30% (2007)
30% (2006)
The state average for Algebra I was 46% in 2010.

Interestingly, History was their lowest score, not that the other scores aren’t pitiful themselves.

Common Sense on November 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Oops, History was not their lowest, it was Math…

Common Sense on November 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Uhhh…it’s F’ing California! Par for the course. The sooner this state falls into the ocean, the better. Only in America folks, only in America.

Tim_B on November 12, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Check this page out on the website of the Denair Middle School.

A Message From the Principal . . . followed by . . . nothing. A blank page.

Nothing on the accompanying PDF either. Another blank page!

Pretty inspiring, huh?

Also:

This community of about 3,450 is represented in the United States Congress by a Republican Representative, George Radanovich [R-CA19].

Maybe he needs to hear about a school district within his Congressional District that refuses to allow a child to fly an American Flag on his bicycle on school grounds.

Trochilus on November 12, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Well, if there’s an “anonymous protestor” exception, there’s a “how did that happen” defense:

http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-school-officials-respond-to-fl-111210,0,2143331.story

Parraz says they have decided to focus on those students who are causing the problem, not the flag. Cody is now allowed to ride onto school campus with Old Glory on the back. Parraz is aware of the outcry across the nation over this story. He says they embrace the American flag, they are patriotic, but that their main priority is keeping students safe.

RegularJoe on November 12, 2010 at 2:40 PM

You were “offended” by the flag? The flag … of the country … that you live in?

Simple answer … get the phuq out.

At my airline we have a rule, let’s apply it to this kid.

(ding)

“Yes sir? Did you need something?”

“I’m offended that the kid sitting next to me is wearing an American flag t-shirt, move him to another seat.”

“Ummm, no, YOU move to another seat … or you can get off this plane and put your name on the standby list for the next flight.”

Tony737 on November 12, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Horsepotatos!

$50 says the ‘other student’ is a 34 y.o. Berkeley education grad with both parents in the AFLCIO.

Limerick on November 12, 2010 at 2:44 PM

What is wrong with California?

For openers, take a look at the results of CA’s most recent elections. It’s really all you need to know.

Sweet_Thang on November 12, 2010 at 2:44 PM

From http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-school-officials-respond-to-fl-111210,0,2143331.story

Ed Parraz, the Superintendent of the Denair School District told us a school supervisor asked Cody to take down the flag. The supervisor will not be fired or face repercussions. Parraz says the supervisor had information that Cody’s safety was at risk because of the flag. Some students had complained about it and had apparently made threats.

Parraz says they have decided to focus on those students who are causing the problem, not the flag. Cody is now allowed to ride onto school campus with Old Glory on the back.

Focusing on the students who are causing the problem? What a concept!

raybury on November 12, 2010 at 2:45 PM

If only conservatives had chronically unemployed roving bands of thugs and lunatics like liberals do that we could direct to any location to protest and riot.

darwin on November 12, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Here is a link to a description of the holiday from the link on the Denair Unified School District’s (DUSD) Calendar page for yesterday, November 11th . . . Guess what, I kid you not! No flag shown!

All there is is this:

Holiday Veterans DayDescription: Holiday Veterans Day
Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010
Created by: Middle
Updated: Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:20pm GMT

Export this entry to: [iCalendar]

Trochilus on November 12, 2010 at 2:51 PM


Limerick

on November 12, 2010 at 2:44 PM

(rubbing my eyes)

Do my eyes deceive me?? Is that Limey?!

Tony737 on November 12, 2010 at 2:54 PM


Parraz says the supervisor had information that Cody’s safety was at risk because of the flag. Some students had complained about it and had apparently made threats.

And just like in the American-flag-shirt-on-cinco-demayo case, the kid with the American flag is told to take it off because he might get jumped. Soooooo … the school admins think Mexican kids are violent? Was it Mexican kids this time too? Or just red diaper babies?

Tony737 on November 12, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Okay . . . let’s play, Find the Flag!

Trochilus on November 12, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Personally, I think it debases the American flag to fly it in a place run by such cowards. I say we all get together and buy the superintendent/school board a giant white flag for them to hang on their flagpole.

If I were a parent with a child at this school, I think I would feel an overwhelming urge to drive my kiddo to school for a while. How many American flags can you get on a car anyway? A couple of decals in the windows. Flag magnets on the tailgate and all the doors. And a giant one flying on the antenna.

CJ on November 12, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Parraz says the supervisor had information that Cody’s safety was at risk because of the flag. Some students had complained about it and had apparently made threats.

As a teacher in a private school where our kids proudly wear the flag, the flag is displayed in each classroom and flies in front of the building and we say the pledge each day as well as open our day with prayer, I’m offended by the spineless school administration.

This story will headline my class on Monday. Student legally displays flag on the back of his bicycle to honor his military veteran grandfather. Some unamed offended students, and seeing as it’s California, probably some of the faculty too, are offended and make threats. Depending on the severity of the threats, they could be classified as misdemeanor assault. So who gets punished? Why, the kid with the American flag on his bicycle of course. It’s the American way.

By the way…my colleagues and I make significantly less money than our public school counterparts. But there are advantages. Our students can be as patriotic as they wish and no one gets offended.

sdd on November 12, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Messed up world when putting the American flag on your bike is controversial. Why are kids complaining about this? Who raised them to be that way?

Esthier on November 12, 2010 at 3:15 PM

This needs to end. Those who would threaten an AMERICAN CITIZEN, IN AMERICA, for flying THE AMERICAN FLAG should be readily be invited to leave.

flyfishingdad on November 12, 2010 at 3:26 PM

School officials at Denair Middle School are talking Friday about an incident where they allegedly asked a student to remove his American flag from his bike.

Thursday, we tried to speak with Denair Middle School officials but the campus was closed in observance of Veterans Day.

Ed Parraz, the Superintendent of the Denair School District told us a school supervisor asked Cody to take down the flag. The supervisor will not be fired or face repercussions. Parraz says the supervisor had information that Cody’s safety was at risk because of the flag. Some students had complained about it and had apparently made threats.

Parraz says they have decided to focus on those students who are causing the problem, not the flag. Cody is now allowed to ride onto school campus with Old Glory on the back. Parraz is aware of the outcry across the nation over this story. He says they embrace the American flag, they are patriotic, but that their main priority is keeping students safe.

Forgot to copy the link, I think its local Fox.

Akzed on November 12, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Not all Californians are like this school administrator.

This Sunday in Irvine, CA the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial will hold its dedication ceremony. As far as we know it is the only permanent memorial displaying the names of all the fallen American heroes from Afghanistan and Iraq. This has been an 8 year long labor of love and respect for our fallen by a grassroots group of citizens. Through a partnership with the City of Irvine, this memorial is now a reality.

The granite panels of the memorial have 5,714 names engraved in them – representing all the service members who have died from October 2001 through September, 2010. The panels will be updated quarterly as long as American heroes are dying in those conflicts.

If you live in Southern California, please come join us on Sunday. Well over 120 Gold Star family members have registered to attend, a national mission for the PGR is in place, the US Army and the Marine Corps will be honoring their fallen comrades through their participation in the ceremonies.

Join us in showing the nation that Californians love their country and treat the military and flag with the Gratitude and Honor they deserve. Please pass the word along to others who share these feelings.

Sunday November 14, 2010
12:30-1:30 Private ceremony for Gold Star families and friends of the fallen
2:30-4:00 Public dedication ceremony.

http://www.NorthwoodMemorial.com

in_awe on November 12, 2010 at 3:38 PM

What is wrong with California?
For openers, take a look at the results of CA’s most recent elections. It’s really all you need to know.
Sweet_Thang on November 12, 2010 at 2:44 PM

If only conservatives had not fled California in droves over the past 15 to 20 years, those few of us who stayed behind might not now be quite so powerless and ineffectual where elections are concerned.

The departure of our brethren had the effect of concentrating the strength of the libs, who also of course grew more potent with the arrival of people from a distant land — a beautiful land of sombreros and serapes and government-spawned economic upheaval and dislocation, a land where illegal aliens are unwelcome by decree, a land where speaking in English is an act not well-tolerated.

Geez. Listening to my own drivel makes me have to ask: What IS wrong with California?!?

FlameWarrior on November 12, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Parraz says they have decided to focus on those students who are causing the problem, not the flag.

So why wasn’t this done in the first place? Isn’t that the logical thing to do? Why was the first solution to punish Cody and deny him his rights? I am beginning to think that educators is just another word for brainless.

katieanne on November 12, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Somebody needs to do a capture of the schools web site if they get in. At least of the picture of the school with the American flag cropped off.

FloatingRock on November 12, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Here is a copy of the photo I thought might have included a flag pole with the flag cropped or cut off . . . but I can’t be sure.

The pole toward the front might just be another one of those light posts, but located more toward the foreground of the picture. But as you can see, there is no flag depicted.

Having examined at least a dozen or more of the “rotating” photos of the school on their website, and its grounds — including the gymnasium, the outdoor tennis courts, the outdoor basketball courts, the front of the school’s Wellness Center, the front of the school, the side view of the school, etc., it is clear there is not one single photo with a discernable American flag featured in any way in any of those photos.

None whatsoever. These school officials apparently have a problem with the American flag. And they took it out on a young child by singling him out for punishment!

Trochilus on November 12, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Tony737 on November 12, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Yep. I wander back and forth from the dead.

Limerick on November 12, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Who the hell gave this kid the right to fly an American flag in honor of his grandfather’s military service, huh??? Oh, wait a minute — nevermind…

Dopenstrange on November 12, 2010 at 3:55 PM

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2129rank.html

Will somebody please explain to Mexican citizens living illegally in the United States that unemployment in Mexico is about HALF of what it is here? More jobs prospects… and a much better commute.

VastRightWingConspirator on November 12, 2010 at 3:57 PM

I’m sure if he was flying a mexican flag it would have been ok….

I’m sure if he BURNED the US flag it would have been OK.

LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot on November 12, 2010 at 4:04 PM

They wanted it removed because they were afraid of increasing racial tensions? Since when is the U.S. flag a symbol of one race?

That’s the lamest excuse ever.

Rightwingguy on November 12, 2010 at 4:07 PM

LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot on November 12, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Well absolutely. I mean, it’s his first amendment right after all…….

Rightwingguy on November 12, 2010 at 4:08 PM

I don’t understand this. It’s not like the Supreme Court has weighed in on this and decided that 1st Amendment rights apply on school grounds….oh wait.

Rightwingguy on November 12, 2010 at 4:16 PM

liberalism is a disease, and liberals suck. They are cowards, and they just plain suck.

Dr.Gills on November 12, 2010 at 4:27 PM

I know this family……and they are wonderful quiet people.

Cody is an awesome young man.

You rock Cody!!!

PappyD61 on November 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Is it possible that after two months of being hauled around on the back of a 13 year old’s bike that the flag was covered in mud, torn, or stained?

Maybe the complaint was that the flag was not being treated with the respect it deserves.

livefreerdie on November 12, 2010 at 12:38 PM

You’re kidding, right?
Didn’t you see the part in the video of the kid folding the flag correctly? I bet most Americans don’t know how to do that.
I’m sure he takes care of the flag with more respect than alot of people in this country.

tencole on November 12, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Fox40 out of CA in a new video points out that there is an American flag pole in front of the school, at the location depicted in this photo which I posted above.

That means the photo was likely either taken in a way so as to cut off the flag so it could not be seen on the school’s website, or the photo was cropped before posting in order to cut the flag out of the picture.

In the video, the Superintendent’s explanation seems utterly disingenuous to me. Why punish him?

Trochilus on November 12, 2010 at 4:42 PM

I thought that was Obama in that picture. But then I saw the flag.

pearson on November 12, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Well, the school has changed their mind and will now allow him to fly the flag again. And they’re shifting their focus to the complainers and will work with their parents on tolerance.

The thing that astounds me is that someone actually said they didn’t want someone flying the American flag in America because it could create racial tension. That is absurd.

ButterflyDragon on November 12, 2010 at 5:00 PM

THERE IS AN UPDATE TO THIS STORY, and it leads straight back to the American hating students from last May.

madmonkphotog on November 12, 2010 at 5:05 PM

“They were afraid of racial tensions…” This is the GOD BLESSED UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

You mean to tell me that FLYING THE FLAG OF MY COUNTRY is wrong? I’ll bet that they would receive the MEXICAN FLAG with open arms in the name of DIVERSITY

This makes me want to puke!

CynicalOptimist on November 12, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Yep. I wander back and forth from the dead.

Limerick on November 12, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Collecting rings and watches?

TexasDan on November 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM

For those Hispanic students and their families, they can go back to whatever country they felt so much allegiance to. Out now. Merkel is right.

bayview on November 12, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Just think of it as another opportunity to exercise your free speech rights and tell the principal “No“, then followed up with any number of polite but firm responses to the same end. A right where permission is granted is a privilege. I’m sorry the kid folded so easily.

UndertheBridge on November 12, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Cody was interviewed this afternoon of the John and Ken Show (KFI 640 am in LA). The school has relented. Apparently it was the Hispanic kids who complained and the principal sent the order down.

gary fouse on November 12, 2010 at 7:04 PM

NavyMustang on November 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM

What a great idea! Thanks for taking action NavyMustang. We all need to learn from this … don’t be complacent people … take a stand! Throw Down and be seen and heard!

ORrighty on November 12, 2010 at 8:35 PM

If only conservatives had not fled California in droves over the past 15 to 20 years, those few of us who stayed behind might not now be quite so powerless and ineffectual where elections are concerned.

FlameWarrior on November 12, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Please understand, back in 1994 (and every single moment since then) it was made very clear to me that I was not welcome. They didn’t want me there, and I didn’t want to be where I wasn’t wanted. Sorry I left you more alone than you already were back then, but perhaps your efforts would be better served in another state. I can guarantee you they will not be served in a place where the people just voted for moonbeam yet again. Get out, save yourself, trust me that place is finished.

runawayyyy on November 12, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Remember last Cinco de Mayo when some students got in trouble for wearing shirts with the flag and the school claimed the kids can display the flag any other time of the year?

How many here didn’t believe them at the time either.

AaronGuzman on November 12, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Parraz says they have decided to focus on those students who are causing the problem, not the flag

.

Hey, there’s an idea.

rrpjr on November 12, 2010 at 11:48 PM

Let see…He could have flown the flag upside down or burnt the flag (in some type of liberal protest), he could urinate on the flag (art), he could use the flag as a doormat (disrespect), no problem…and if anyone was offended at the above acts…well they problably are some kind of Tea party extremist. But we cannot raise our children up, to respect their parents and grandparents, or honor those that serve their country by waving our flag “proudly” (especially for a Veterans day observance)…this child may need a trip to the same reprogramming school that Elian Gonzalez attended in Cuba….or mabe… this school is affiliated with the school in Cuba.

jrandall on November 13, 2010 at 1:32 AM

Speaking of their test scores:

Common Sense on November 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Failing grades in every subject, exactly what I would expect.

Siddhartha Vicious on November 13, 2010 at 2:34 AM

May I suggest an update to the story? GWYPUNDIT has video of Vets and Bikers that followed Cody to school today. A literal parade…of Americana…made me cry.

seesalrun on November 15, 2010 at 8:45 PM

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