(WWLP) – A federal appeals court ruled this week that a California high school had the right to prevent students from wearing t-shirts displaying the American flag on a Mexican holiday.
Thursday’s ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Live Oak High School administrators may have prevented violence at the school through their actions.
On Cinco de Mayo of 2010, administrators told a group of students who were wearing U.S. flag shirts to take them off or turn them inside-out.
The students sued, saying that their free speech and due process rights were violated.
The school cited safety concerns, due to racial tensions and gang violence at the school. They also cited an incident the year before in which students carrying a Mexican flag fought with students who put up an American flag on Cinco de Mayo; a holiday which celebrates a 19th Century Mexican military victory over France.
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