Saturday, April 01, 2006

Not an April Fool's Joke

Updated: 11:23 AM EST (AOL News)

U.S. Flag Banned Amid Racial Tensions

LONGMONT, Colo. (April 1) - Dozens of high school students protested a temporary school policy forbidding students from displaying the U.S. flag - as well as flags from other countries - amid racial tensions following immigration rallies.

Skyline High School Principal Tom Stumpf said American flags were brazenly waved in the faces of Hispanic students and in one case a Mexican flag was thrown into the face of another student.

"When it involves the American flag and its abuse in vilifying other people, we simply will not tolerate it," Stumpf said. "They were using the symbol derisively as misguided patriotism."

Students were warned about the policy Friday and several were suspended, although Stumpf would not provide details. Then, about 100 students protested during lunch time.

Student Dustin Carlson told Denver station KCNC-TV that he was suspended for two days.
"I'm getting suspended for it and personally I think that's uncalled for," he said. "If this country means freedom, then why can't we fly our own flag? It's ridiculous."

Thousands of high school students Friday in California, Texas, Nevada and other states protested the tough immigration laws proposed in the House. Some waved Mexican flags and carried signs saying "We are not criminals."

On Monday, about 150 high school students, including some from Skyline, protested in Longmont.

"People are taking it to a whole other level," said Laura Avitia. "I don't think they know why we were protesting."

04/01/06 04:49 EST; Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.


Now this was unexpected. I can see racist buttwipers banning Mexican and other flags from high schools around the country, but I didn't expect to see a dingbat principal lumping the US Flag in with the mix. I suppose that "what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."

You can bet some very safe money that the Right Wing Talking Out Their Ass Radio Commentators will make a big deal out of this.


Blogger Texas Truth said...

This principal was not thinking right. However, the law states a principal has the right to do whatever he feels is justified to keep control on his campus. I am a longitme educator and please don't think I am siding with this guy. I AM NOT!!! He made a stupid move! He could have come up with a better way to deal with this problem.

You know he is going to feel heat about this one. People in the community are going to react to this. When they do, he will have more problems than he has now.

I have posted my views on this topic on my blog "Texas Truth" at Stop by and leave your views on this topic and others.

3:02 AM EDT  
Blogger James Landrith said...

Just how many blogs did blogspammer "Texas Truth" post this exact same message on? Dude must be starving for traffic...

10:44 PM EDT  

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