In Denair, California, a 13 year old middle school student named Cody was told by the campus supervisor of his school that he needed to remove an American flag from his bicycle that he had been flying on it since returning to school this Fall. He complied with the instructions to remove the flag while on school premises but re-installs the flag on his bike when going home.
Evidently, according to the school's superintendent, the boy is now able to keep his American flag on his bike. He was originally told to remove the flag because of "racial tensions" from supposedly Hispanic students that were still upset over some issues since Cinco de Mayo.
The outrage generated in the press from this has evidently been huge, and understandably so.
My question, is why was this not originally used as a teaching moment? Even though it is California, it is STILL a part of the United States and no one should ever have to be in fear of flying our nation's flag within its boundaries accordingly. The flag represents our nation for ALL races that comprise our American population, so the racial tension argument is fallacious to begin with, for me.
Now if these tensions are being raised by foreign nationals that are attending our schools, then they need to be taught that they are indeed living in our country as legal guests (hopefully) and need to show the proper respect for the country that is providing them an education. If they are not here legally, then that is entirely different subject that I won't digress upon in this posting for now. Needless to say their feelings on the issue should not be heeded at all under such circumstances.
Regardless, this is where school officials should have stepped in and discussed this with the individuals that had problems with Cody flying an American flag on his bicycle in Denair, California, The United States of America.
Thankfully they have reneged on their original request and Cody is once again proudly flying the star spangle banner from the back of his bike!
See the full video here.