Saturday, November 13, 2010

Whose Flag are they Talking About?

Published yesterday--November 12, from the people's democratic republic of California comes the following news item:

School Makes Boy Take American Flag Off Bike
Elissa Harrington FOX40 News
November 12, 2010
DENAIR -
13-year-old Cody Alicea rides with an American flag on the back of his bike. He says he does this to be patriotic and to honor veterans, like his own grandfather, Robert. He's had the flag on his bike for two months but Monday, was asked told to take it down.


A school official at Denair Middle School told Cody some students had been complaining about the flag and it was no longer allowed on school property.

"In this country we're supposed to be free," said Cody. "And I should be able to wave my flag wherever I want to. And they're telling me I can't."


There is a little bit more to the story--but these are the salient paragraphs, click on the title link for the complete text.

I did a little research on this. Denair is a public school system and therefore, presumably, it flys an American flag in front of the school and probably has an American flag in every classroom. So I wonder--how could they ban an American flag from school property?

The Denair Middle School has a website which, when I last checked, made no mention of the report--but the site was running, as you might suspect, very slowly.

They did not call it an safety hazard--just an unspecified complaint.

I wish all the kids would ride their bikes with American flags on them! It is what i was bemoaning on Veteran's Day about the schools not promoting patriotism--but rather an educational based humanistic socialism.

I bet young Cody was just having too much fun being a proud American.

We can't have that, can we?
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