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Published:November 12th, 2010 09:42 EST
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School Orders Middle School Student To Take US Flag Off His Bike

By Robert Paul Reyes

 

"Officials in a California school district said a middle school student was told to take a U.S. flag off his bike to avoid `racial tension.`

Denair Unified School District Superintendent Edward Parraz said Cody Alicea, 13, was told not to fly the U.S. flag from his bike while at Denair Middle School after complaints from other students, KCRA-TV, Sacramento, Calif., reported.

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`(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." PI


The Red, White and Blue represents Americans of every color. Parraz is implying that Hispanic students aren`t patriotic, and that`s patently offensive.

Latinos are offended when we see blatantly offensive anti-immigration posters at tea party demonstrations, but there is absolutely nothing about our flag that we don`t like.

My parents immigrated to the United States from Latin America because they loved America, and the freedom it represents. My mom and dad were very patriotic, and they instilled in me a love for the American flag, and every other national symbol.

I`ve never known Old Glory to be a point of contention in a mixed crowd. Indeed, the American flag is a unifying symbol, it represents the ideals that we all believe in.

Cody flies the flag from the bike as a tribute to the veterans in his family. I can understands his sentiments. I have always flown the flag in my front yard as an expression of my patriotism, buy now that my niece and nephew are in the Air Force, it means even more to me.

Cody, keep flying that flag young man. The American flag represents the freedom to be yourself, and that includes the right to fly the Stars and Stripes from your bike.

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