Five Morgan Hill, CA students were sent home May 5, 2010 by their Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez of Live Oak High School after they were spotted sitting on their break hanging out in American flag t-shirts. The students say that they were told by officials that their t-shirts were "incendiary" because it was Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of Mexico Pride. On May 5, 1862 The Mexican army defeated the French in Puebla when France came looking for payment on a debt that Mexico owed them.
Meanwhile, hundreds of other students wore Mexican colors, shirts with the Mexican flag and the Mexican flag painted on their faces. None were asked to change their shirts or remove their colors or face paintings. The school even went as far as hiring a traditional Mexican indigenous dance crew to perform at the school.
Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez
This "assistant principal"/asshat actually demanded that the American flag students turn their t-shirts inside out or they would have to be picked up by their parents. Principal Nick Boden seemed to concur with his assistant principal in this un-American decision. Our schools truly have been hijacked by a bunch of radical America-hating leftists. Sometimes you can trick yourself into not believing it, but then it comes back and smacks you in the face once again.
Our founding fathers are turning over in their graves as the American flag cannot even be displayed on American soil. Yet, foreign flags of foreign nations celebrating their independence - and I make it clear that it is their country's independence as they obviously see Mexico as their country and not America - prance around in a state, town and school built by those proud to be in this country. Built by those who fought and died for this country. And those people carried the American flag.
Principal Nick Boden
This is an absolute disgrace and Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez needs to be fired immediately AND Rodriguez directly needs to be sued for violating these students civil rights. Him personally, not the district and the taxpayers. Miguel Rodriguez needs to be held accountable personally. It is long past time that the people of this country start making those who would destroy it pay and not be able to push it off on the American taxpayer to shell out for their actions.
Outrageous! And of course Rodriguez and Boden were both "unavailable for comment". Spineless worm!
Doing some research on the school finds the ethnicity breakdown of the school in 2008-2009 was surprisingly split. I was expecting it to be predominantly Hispanic by the actions of this assistant principal.
The school's ethnic breakdown is 43% White and 40% Hispanic or Latino. These stats are a little deceptive though, as nearly 20% of the school are English as a Second Language (ESL) students and 93% of those speak Spanish at home. With those stats you can determine that half of the Hispanic students at Live Oak High School speak poor to little English.
I need not remind you that this is a high school (9-12) not an elementary school. Either this portion of the student body which speaks little English is not from the United States (i.e. newly arrived legal residents or illegal aliens) or they have such a poor elementary system in Morgan Hill that these students managed to make it through years and years of schooling without learning English. I'll let you make the determination of which you think it is.
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The five teens were sitting at a table outside during their brunch break about 10:10 a.m. when Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez asked two boys to take off their American flag bandannas. The boys said they complied. In the same conversation, sophomore Dominic Maciel said, Rodriguez told the group to "walk with him to the office."
A front-desk secretary said Boden was unavailable for any comment on what had happened Wednesday and Rodriguez was busy with testing, the secrectary said.
All of the boys involved in the incident put together a two paragraph declaration that they all signed. The declaration stated that they supported American Patriotism and that they felt discriminated against when their First Amendment Rights were violated by Miguel Rodriguez and Nick Boden.
At least some American families are doing the right thing in this country and teaching their children their rights as Americans and to take pride in their country. My hat is off to the boys and their parents.
Funny thing, I don't do drugs and I don't hire them.
As for hate, I have no problems with those coming to my country because they want to be a part of it. For all the others like these anti-American people throwing American kids out of school because of wearing an American flag shirt, well we don't need you here.
That goes for "Hispanics", Asians, Blacks, Whites or any other people that see themselves solely based on race.
It seems the real haters are those who think it was okay to violate these kid's civil rights under the Constitution of this country because they don't like American kids (one of which was actually American of Mexican descent).
This is the United States of America, not the Estadas Unidos de Mexico; those, regardless of status, who espouse national affiliation and/or loyalty to a foreign flag or nation, and diss the U.S.A. in the process, are distinctly not welcome.
If there is hate involved here - it is people like Miguel Rodriguez and "Sarah" who beget it.
Many - a growing number - of us don't want the illegal drugs or the illegals' presence; fewer and fewer will hire those who display loyalty of any sort to Mexico or la Raza.
And, "bottom line" - no you don't "own this place", you arrogant little p**sant!
Posted by: J.S.Bridges on May 6, 2010 03:20 AM
Their school motto is "Bust A Nut" enough said.
Posted by: jvg2 on May 6, 2010 10:25 AM
Most people fail to realize or understand that Mexico and Mexicans have an agenda: it is to 'take back' the territory that was lost by Mexico to the US many many decades ago. Mexicans believe they 'own', California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. I realize this sounds crazy, but not to a Mexican. The incident at Live Oaks High School is just one of hundreds where Mexicans will trash the US flag at every opportunity.
Posted by: Bud on May 6, 2010 10:56 AM
this is not right no matter how you look at it im a 16 year old black and Italian male from pasanda tx who just so happens to go to an mostly hispanic school and to thank that an ap is gooing to send home one let alone five kids home for showing thare pride is not cool man i hope that the teens in this mess gfet their justic if it mean that that ap and who ever els hast to be fired and sued for that humilason on a fucking so called maxican day and its not mixcan its maxicant
Posted by: David Ernest Roberson on May 6, 2010 01:22 PM
ok i wont you and your littel wetback friends to trash my state which is texas and ill fucking kill you. if you dont want to respect the great land take you wetback ass back to maxico. you fucking wetbacks
Posted by: David Ernest Roberson on May 6, 2010 01:39 PM
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday not an official American holiday! To send kids home because they wore American Flag shirts is ridiculous! It shows that illegal aliens and their anchor babies have allegiance to Mexico and not the USA.If they are offended by the American Flag then they should move to Mexico. I'm all for returning the Pledge of Allegiance to schools.Can we now expect people of Mexican heritage to not fly Mexican Flags or wear Mexican colors on St. Patrick's Day? These jerks expect us to respect their holiday and don't even respect our country.They call Americans haters, racist and Nazis.Americans helped fight Nazi Germany while Mexico did nothing! So maybe they should educate themselves on what race, Nazi Germany and the Constitution!
Posted by: Sonja on May 6, 2010 02:15 PM
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!MEXICO!!!!!!!!
DID WE 4GET THIS OR WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Posted by: 1 POINT 5 on May 6, 2010 02:19 PM
Sarah....you need to have respect for the country you live in and the people who were here well before you...the United States of America. It goes to show that your parents did not teach you to respect others and their view points. Unlike in Mexico, we have something called FREEDOM of SPEECH. Those boys had every right to wear the American flag on any God given day they chose to. That is their right as an AMERICAN citizen.
Posted by: Jen on May 6, 2010 02:43 PM
This is The United States OF America. If you're here illegally,, then please deport back til you can have a visa. If you're here legally, then welcome, thank you for respecting the law, and our country. We wish you the best. A few things you should know however are the following: We are very patriotic, we believe in our rights to freedom of speech, we expect respect as well as you should to. THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE!!!! Oh more thing.....I pledge alliegence to the flag of the United States of America,and to the republic for which it stands, One nation under GOD, indvisible and for liberty and justice for all. God Bless~
Posted by: Amanda on May 6, 2010 03:24 PM
What a joke - this school Admin. Need to be replaced ASAP, now because you'r white you can't show pride give me a break. All you bleeding heart SOB's black, white brown need to sack you'r shit up and move to Mexico oh! thats right they won't let ya - as for that punk ass president of Mexico boycotting Arizona, cut off all aide - FUK HIM. Also form a baseball and basket ball league so these whining sob's can go south to play ball- won't be signing any Million dollar contract's though. Maybe you can get you'r lawn mowed though LOL!
It'd be SO much easier to support this opinions presented on this website if the author didn't insist on spinning off into Nutjob territory with such alarming regularity. For example, it wasn't enough for Grumpy Old White Guy to relate the disturbing story of American students being sent home for wearing the American flag- he then had to spew out a bunch of moronic idiocy about the "left wing hating America".
Posted by: Maven on May 6, 2010 06:39 PM
YES, I'M A BAD AMERICAN
I Am the Liberal-Progressives Worst Nightmare.
I am an American and believe in God.
I ride Harley Davidson Motorcycles and believe in American
I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not
some Liberal governmental functionary be it Democratic or
I'm in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!
I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer, it makes you
a smart American. I think being a minority does not make
you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything.
Get over it!
I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac, do it in English.
I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when
and where they want to.
My heroes are John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and Willie G.
Davidson that makes the Awesome Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor. I know wrestling is
fake and I don't waste my time watching or arguing about it.
I've never owned a slave, or was a slave, I haven't burned any
witches or been persecuted by the Turks and neither have you!
So, shut up already.
I believe if you don't like the way things are here, go back to
where you came from and change your own country! This is
AMERICA ...We like it the way it is! If you were born here and
don't like it you are free to move to any Socialist country that
will have you.
I want to know which church is it exactly where the Reverend
Jesse Jackson preaches, where he gets his money, and why he
is always part of the problem and not the solution.
Can I get an AMEN on that one?
I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you're
breaking the law, regardless of what color you are. And, no, I
don't mind having my face shown on my drivers license.
I think it's good. And I'm proud that 'God' is written on my money.
I think if you are too lazy to learn how balloting works, I don't
want you deciding who should be running the most powerful
nation in the world for the next four years.
I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying
to sell me stuff or trying to guilt me into making
'donations' to their cause. Get a Job and do your part!
I believe it doesn't take a village to raise a child, it takes
I believe 'illegal' is illegal no matter what the lawyers think.
I believe the American flag should be HONORED in our AMERICA !
If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I'm a BAD American.
We want our country back!
We NEED GOD BACK IN OUR COUNTRY!
WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!
Posted by: Gene Norum on May 7, 2010 09:54 AM
My hat comes off, and a salute to Gene Norum! He hits it on the mark. I will be an American by his side any day of the week. I do like our village here in Utah, though.
I've served my country in the peace time military, and I still remember the oath I took, in which I pledged to fight the enemies of the Constitution, both foreign and domestic. There seems to be alot of the domestic ones around these days. I say get up off your butt, register to vote, and vote for the best candidate to represent your views. NOT the one with the most money or that can sling the most mud.
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in the safety of your own home, thank a Vet. Don't forget to thank GOD every day of your life.
My guns and Ammo are all American made. Go to college, and then get a good job. Stand up for what's right. Maybe run for office and start making a difference yourself. The government isn't here to support anyone. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. It's still the United States of America!
Posted by: Warren Monroe on May 16, 2010 07:17 PM
UN-AMERICANS FIGHT FRANKLIN GRAHAM !
What kind of wine has Mikey Weinstein been drinking?
As an anti-Christian Jewish supremacist and as the president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, he's doing all he can to create an anti-Jewish backlash and help bring about the predicted endtime Holocaust of Jews that'll be worse than Hitler's.
Neither Falwell, Hagee nor any other Christian initiated this prediction. But Weinstein's ancient Hebrew prophets did.
In the 13th and 14th chapters of his Old Testament book, Zechariah predicted that after Israel's rebirth ALL nations will eventually be against Israel and that TWO-THIRDS of all Jews will be killed!
Malachi revealed the reasons: "Judah hath dealt treacherously" and "the Lord will cut off the man that doeth this."
Haven't evangelicals generally been the best friends of Israel and persons perceived to be Jewish? Then please explain the hate-filled back-stabbing by David Letterman (and Sandra Bernhard, Larry David, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman etc.) against followers of Jesus such as Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.
Weinstein wouldn't dare assert that citizens on government property don't have freedom of speech or press freedom or freedom to assemble or to petition the government.
But God-hater Weinstein maliciously wants to eliminate from government property the "free exercise" of religion - especially by evangelicals - a freedom found in the same First Amendment. Significantly, this freedom was purposely listed FIRST by America's founders! (Not-so-subtle Weinstein has even authored a book which has "One Man's War Against an Evangelical Coup" in its title!)
And Weinstein wouldn't try to foist "separation of church and state" on strongly-Jewish Israel, but he does try to foist this non-Constitution-mentioned phrase on strongly-Christian America.
In light of Weinstein's Jewish protectionism and violently anti-Christian obsession, Christians in these endtimes should be reminded of Jesus' warning in Mark 13:9 (see also Luke 21:12) that "in the synagogues ye shall be beaten."
Maybe it's time for some modern Paul Reveres to saddle up and shout "The Yiddish are Coming!"
PS - Some, like Weinstein, are so treacherously anti-Christian they will even join hands at times with enemies, including Muslims, in order to silence evangelicals. It was Weinstein, BTW, who put pressure on the Pentagon to dis-invite Franklin Graham from speaking there on the National Day of Prayer!
PPS - Weinstein is an echo of the anti-Christian, anti-American Hollywood which for a century has dangled every known vice before young people. We seriously wonder how soon the lethal worldwide "flood of filth" (global harming!) that Hollywood has created will engulf and destroy itself and help to bring to power the endtime Antichrist (a.k.a. the Man of Sin and the Wicked One)!
Posted by: Carlos on May 22, 2010 02:42 AM
The school officials ned to resign and those mexican students should move back to mexico and stay there
Posted by: Spurwing Plover on January 16, 2011 03:55 PM
Section 8 Statute D:
The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
No one should wear an American flag t-shirt because it goes against our flag code. Now, if you want to go against the US flag code, you might just be un-American.
I agree that people should come to the US legally and for those of you who have a limited understanding of immigration laws, here is a simple cartoon that serves to summarize the process. Next time you go off on some patriotic xenophobic rant, be grateful that you were privileged to be born in a country that had open borders for so long and jus soli right of citizenship.
Posted by: Christopher V on February 4, 2011 08:51 AM
I have a big problem with the fact that pride in America is no longer acceptable for the masses, educated or not; too many people have forgotten what our nation stands for and what it represents regardless of personal experience/agenda. I am frustrated that students were essentially removed from their school for showing pride in their country, on a day of celebration that is not recognized or celebrated by their parent country (place of origin). We leveled the playing field, broke the barrier of segregation, opened up educational opportunities for (the list goes on) and yet, showing support and love for the United States of America, has become politically incorrect. We keep bending over backward for everyone who complains, appeasing all at the expense of our own traditions and our national identity. If those who are offended by our national symbol, our identity, and our national heritage, they can leave and demand that their own government give them the same opportunities they receive. The administration of Live Oak high school, regrettably, did what it thought was necessary to avoid being sued, loosing their jobs and bringing unwanted attention to themselves.
Shame on Live Oak Administration for silencing these students, ignoring the Bill of Rights and marginalizing the meaning of pride in our country. The Mexican American students who have a problem with this, should be concerned that what they have done to these students will, undoubtedly happen to them...
Posted by: Chris McDonough on November 23, 2011 09:45 PM