Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Morgan Hill School Board Gets An Earful From Parents Over Flag Controversy

Today marks one week after five Morgan Hill students were sent home for wearing t-shirts with the American flag. Last night, parents gave administrators an earful at an open forum (KTVU Channel 2).

About 200 people packed the middle school auditorium where the meeting was held to accommodate the larger than normal number of people who attended to vent their feelings.

“Regardless where we came from when we come to this nation, we adopt its culture and what this nation stands for and the flag,” said Morgan Hill resident Lavonne Atnit. “I am personally getting very tired of disrespect to that flag and what this nation stands for.”

...The boys who wore the patriotic colors -- which some Latino students viewed as
disrespectful -- did not show up. However, some of their parents did.

“The students were not making a political statement. Their goal was to simply their pride in their country,” said parent Joy Jones. “As parents we are proud we have raised young men who stand up for what they believe in.”

There was a lot of anger directed at the school administrators who confronted the boys and told them to take off their t-shirts or turn them inside out.

“I want to see the principal and vice principal fired or you will face legal action,” said Gilroy resident Mark Zappa to applause from the crowd.
But then again, there were many who spoke that have no concept of what it means to be an American.

“Yes we are proud American citizens, but we are all human first,” said Morgan Hill’s Teresa Casillas. “There is no color. There is no race. No religion. And you guys made this segregated by stupidity and ignorance.”
You know what Teresa, knock off the John Lennon socialist anthem ("Imagine") crap. We know liberals don't have religion (except for environmentalism and Marxism). And if there is "no race," they why is the race card being thrown at those who want to insure that people come to this nation legally. The only segregation I saw was rabble rousers carrying the Mexican flag walking out of class and through town, knocking US flags out of the hands of those carrying them, and screaming this was their land.

Morgan Hill’s Claudia Rossi offered some advice to the Latino student who walked out of school in protest the day following the incident.

“To those Latino kids that are here: you are not going to change the mind of one person that is being offensive to you,” said Rossi. “Educate yourself. That is the way to honor your flag wherever you come from.”

The district superintendent said no decision has been made on possible reprimands for school administrators.

“We gotta do something,” said District Superintendent Wesley Smith. "Conversations, bring people in to help us. How do we move forward?”
How about an apology? How about punishing those students who walked out of class and created a ruckus around town as a way of showing their allegiance to a foreign nation? Finally, how about teaching the students in your district what it means to be an American, like American history (not the revisionist kind) and the concept of assimilation and American exceptionalism?

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