The US Supreme Court left a court ruling that school officials in California did not violate the free speech rights of students intact.
On May 5, 2010, school staff at Live Oak High School told students their clothing (which featured the American flag) could lead to an incident. After refusing to turn their shirts inside out, two students left the school.
The school was celebrating the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo.
According to Reuters, the court declined to hear an appeal filed by three students at the school.
Lawyers for the students involved in the lawsuit – which was filed by their parents – said that fear that the T-shirts may offend some students did not trump free speech rights and the act of wearing the shirts did not rise to the level of incitement to violence.
School officials claimed that at the time gang-related tensions and racially-charged altercations between white and Hispanic students was high. Therefore, wearing the shirts bearing the American flag would incite fights between the groups.
In February 2014, San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the school did not violate the students' freedom of speech because there were legitimate concerns of violence.
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