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Now, if the kids had wanted to burn the flag . . .

posted at 12:07 pm on May 6, 2010 by

. . . that might have been an entirely different story.

Flag burning, that cherished right of the Left, is what you might expect in a story that pairs “incendiary” with “flag.” But in this case, no matches are needed. The flag image itself is viewed as a sort of desecration.

Michelle Malkin calls it “Reason number 10,999,976 to home school.”

Gateway Pundit:

Four students in the San Francisco area were sent home from school yesterday for wearing American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The administration said the T-shirts were “incendiary.”

Perhaps the patriotic clothing would have triggered violence among the high schoolers. But this kind of preemptive strike against self-expression is diametrically opposed to core American values. (Or are we all Canadians now?) It’s especially disturbing when you look at the clothing that was banned by the kids’ keepers.

We’ve entered a pretty strange world when the image of an American flag is considered “incendiary” – in America.

Oh, wait a minute — this happened in the San Francisco area. Never mind.

New title: Four patriotic high school boys discovered in Bay area; baffled administrators resign in disgrace.

Edited to add this damning self-indictment from one of the boys:

Student Anthony Caravalho was also sent home for not turning his shirt inside out. “They said we had to wear our t-shirts inside out and then we could go back to class and we said no,” said Caravalho. “It would be disrespectful to the flag by hiding it.”

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Only in Nancy Pelosi’s neck of the woods, not in fly-over country…

wi farmgirl on May 6, 2010 at 1:07 PM

It seems ok for the American flag to get burned but Rush just said that an AZ man was arrested some years ago for burning a mexican flag. I remember when it happend. This is the United States of America and we fly our flag every day. I will not submit to any person who says I can not! Take my flag from my dead cold fingers.
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letget on May 6, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Well, that just figures.

Pundette on May 6, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Kudos to the students, especially Mr. Carvalho, for doing the right thing with beautifully understated simplicity. This is yet another time where the school administration could learn from the students — if they didn’t already have their mind made up.

What I really hope will happen is that there will be an organized movement next year for millions of students across the country to wear similar American flag themed clothing to school. Then let’s see what the craven administrators do!

jwolf on May 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Forget next year…
How about Friday! Not just this Friday, but every Friday! and every kid should put an American Flag bumper sticker on their car, their football helmet and their instrument cases too!

2nd Ammendment Mother on May 6, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Thank God there are still teenagers in this country who not only proudly wear the flag, but understand that to hide it would be to disrespect it.

RachDubya on May 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Them being sent home is amazingly stupid, but the dork on the far right’s T shirt is incredibly tacky and disrespectful to the flag.

Why do Americans whore out the flag like that?

Dave Rywall on May 7, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Why do Americans whore out the flag like that?

Dave Rywall on May 7, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Maybe because he wanted to get a rise out of a Fascistic flat-chested Socialist dork like you?

dmh0667 on May 7, 2010 at 6:06 PM