March 30, 2015

Supreme Court rejects appeal in free speech fight over school banning students from wearing American flags on Cinco de Mayo

Rebel Staff

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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commented 2015-03-31 13:05:44 -0400
I guess it’s become patently obvious that after they voted THREE TIMES to get rid of GOD, at their 2012 DNC, the Democrats (and RINOs) have pulled out all the stops in their intentional destruction of America, under Obama’s banner of so-called ‘Hope and Change’!
This process is observable in every level of government in every state, varying by degrees the individual state is willing to fight back to protect their Constitutionally specified ‘States Rights’ and fight back against the anti-Constitutional, anti-American Cloward/Piven – Bill Ayers inspired plan to overwhelm and destroy America.
Since neo-liberalism has been established to be a mental disorder, and you can rule out any real debate with the mentally disordered liberals about any topic that isn’t in safe lefty/liberal dogma/doctrine territory, and since the bureaucracy and political power structure have been so inundated with the entrenchment and embedding of lefty/liberal/progressives in the system of governance over the decades, that it’s unlikely change will ever come from within the system!
The most effective tool of these collectivists and cultural Marxists, is ability to get hold of our children and indoctrinate them over a period of time, in the public school system. I could just as easily be talking about Canada…
So what to do?
There’s really only one thing to do and this is why the Obamacrats and RINOs want so desperately to control, then shut down the internet, get rid of Christian moral principles, take away your guns, put soldiers in your communities, or homes, leave you helpless against the evil juggernaut – The State – and it’s all-powerful officers, get rid of due process and habeas corpus…well conservatives know why that Bill of Rights is there…
commented 2015-03-31 10:10:12 -0400
The leftties and the socialists defend the wearing of the niqab on the basis of freedom of religion, etc., but NOT being able to wear a T-shirt with the American flag is not an infringement of freedom of speech rights! Perhaps we should have the Libs and NDP’s study this ruling.
commented 2015-03-31 07:20:34 -0400
Court rulings in the U.S. and Canada have become as predictable as tomorrows sunrise.

Judges, (especially SC) judges make their decisions first hear the facts second, invent justifications for their decisions last.
commented 2015-03-30 16:59:38 -0400
Its Cinco de Mayo; a Mexican celebration of a military victory. Why is this suddenly an American holiday and celebration? So the school decided to celebrate this and thereby limited the rights of US citizens (not suggesting that the other students aren’t US citizens) so it wouldn’t upset Hispanic students.

If a few Russian, French, German, Pakistani, Armenian or whatever students want to celebrate some national holiday that their parents used to celebrate in their birth nation, must everyone else bend over backwards to show subservience?

Too much political correctness.
commented 2015-03-30 16:29:26 -0400
I understand the pragmatic, but nevertheless, weak kneed response of the faculty staff. In all probability, they have been instrumental in fostering these divisions via their misguided left wing state-funded progressive political views. The tragedy is they will not apologise or even recognise their guilt.

The shock is that the SCOTUS has trashed the First Amendment for reasons of political correctness.
Vital that they don’t have the opportunity to trash the Second Amendment.
commented 2015-03-30 14:49:20 -0400
Wow. Incredible. Can’t wear your national flag on your shirt…time for revolution and regain your freedom folks.