A Morgan Hill high school principal reasonably feared violence on campus when he saw a group of students wearing American flags on their shirts on Cinco de Mayo, and he did not violate their freedom of speech by telling them to turn the shirts inside out or go home, a federal judge has ruled.
Citing past clashes between Mexican American and Anglo students over their clothing on the Mexican holiday, Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware of San Francisco said school officials “reasonably forecast that (the shirts) could cause a substantial disruption” and were entitled to take steps to prevent it.
The story goes on to say that the California federal judge noted that Latino students wearing Mexican flag colors that day were not told to remove them by the principal — and that that was okay by him, because there was no reason to believe that the Latino students were in danger because of the clothing they had on. The Anglo kids wearing the flag of this country were disciplined instead, because of the perceived threat against them.
For wearing the flag of this country.