The Water Cooler – Removing American Flag T-Shirts on Cinco de Mayo

February 28, 2014 12:00 pm · 104 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

A federal appeal court ruled on Thursday that officials of a Morgan Hill high school didn’t violate students’ civil rights when they asked several students to remove American flag T-shirts during a Cinco de Mayo celebration in 2010.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously said the action was justified because the administrators had a reasonable belief that the T-shirts could lead to conflicts and possible violence among students.

What’s your opinion on this ruling? Do you think the judges made the right or wrong decision?

Talk about it….

101 Yhe Phantom February 28, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Easy Rider? Duck Dynasty? In the House? for the State of the Union?

I’ve seen bathing suits, short pants, and whole outfits at the Sochi Olympics.

Things are different now…I don’t like it.

102 SHUT UP!!! February 28, 2014 at 10:26 PM


103 Cowellian February 28, 2014 at 10:51 PM

This discussion has degenerated down to STFUs, which means that any meaningful dialog has been abandoned.

104 Jess February 28, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Sgt. Baker #108, the flag code addresses how a flag pin or patch may be worn by military personnel, firemen, policemen, and patriotic organizations. I’m sure the people who put together your uniform followed the regulations. I’m shocked at how many people today have no idea what the regulations are regarding proper display and disposal of the American flag.

The Flag Code prohibits the use of the flag or an image of the flag for commercial purposes, on items of temporary use such as napkins, or on items of clothing. Theses rules are designed to maintain the dignity of our flag. In light of Supreme Court rulings regarding the desecration of the flag, it is questionable whether prohibitions against using the image of the flag on clothing could be legally enforced. However, it is still a sad day when thoughtless citizens desecrate our flag by using the image of the flag to wipe their dirty mouths or as a fashion statement, then carelessly toss the items in the trash when they are dirty or worn out. That is not how our flag should be treated.

For anyone who is unclear on what the rules are on use and display of our flag, here is a link to the law regarding care and use of the flag.

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