Court says school okay in banning American flag shirts in Cinco de Mayo controversy

Feb 28, 2014 6:47 AM

A Federal Appeals Court says a Northern California high school's decision to order students wearing American flag t-shirts to turn the garments inside out during a celebration of the holiday Cinco de Mayo was appropriate.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says school officials were concerned that the American flag shirts would enflame the passions of Latino students, and concerns of racial violence outweighed students' freedom of expression rights.

Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California, had a history of problems between white and Latino students on Cinco de Mayo.

The unanimous three-judge panel said past problems gave school officials sufficient and justifiable reasons for their actions.

The court said schools have a lot of room in curbing certain civil rights to ensure campus safety.


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