Free-speech advocates are urging the Supreme Court to step in and overturn a Ninth Circuit Court decision that could effectively end students’ free speech if someone else threatens violence because of it.
The whole controversy began about five years ago when officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California, banned students from wearing T-shirts with the American flag and other expressions of patriotism during Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican celebration of the Battle of Puebla, because of fears that Mexican students would get violent.
The fear was not unfounded as Mexican students had caused problems in previous years. The lawsuit also points out that the school officials who told students to remove their flag shirts or turn them inside out were themselves Mexican-American.
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