Supreme Court May Take Case on School Barring American Flags on Cinco De Mayo
Here’s the flag case back again, it’s highly interesting because you can find yourself easily arguing both sides of it. On the one hand the school administrators should have the authority to prevent provocation at a school with 30+ interracial fights, on the other hand wearing a flag is a political statement and should be considered free speech.
A California school dispute that arose when students wore shirts emblazoned with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo could prompt the Supreme Court to take a new look at the free-speech rules for high schools.
Ever since students protested the Vietnam War by wearing black armbands, the justices have said the First Amendment protects the rights of students to peacefully protest at school, so long as their actions do not lead to a “substantial disruption.”
In recent years, however, some school officials have moved to curtail political fashion statements such as wearing T-shirts with Confederate flags or anti-gay slogans. They have argued that some limits were necessary to avoid offending other students and possibly provoking violence.