Monday, April 03, 2006

Josh Denhalter update and other patriotic students' rights abused

I did a lot of updating of Josh Denhalter's protest when he was suspended from school for promoting a pro-immigration reform, pro-America rally and was threatened with arrest if he attended the rally. Fortunately the rally, which ended up being held across the street from the school went forward smoothly, with both sides on opposite corners exercising their contsitutional rights and Josh was not arrested.

Unfortunately, Josh's case was not the only incident where a a student was punished for pro-American activities on our school campuses.

Flaunting the American flag is precisely what 13-year-old Cameron Miles did at Ranchero Middle School on Friday.

Wearing two shirts, one with the American flag, school officials said he removed the one displaying his patriotism and began waving it at a group of Hispanic students on campus.

“His friends began to hoist him on their shoulders so he could be more predominately displayed when the proctor asked him to give her the shirt,” district spokeswoman Debbie Baker said. “She explained that he can’t incite an already sensitive situation and he told her, ‘This is bullshit’ and ran.”

Baker and the boy’s mother, Denise Schroeder, said he received a one-day suspension not for wearing the shirt, but for defiance of direction given by a staff member and using profanity.

But that’s all they agree on.

Schroeder said she was never told by school officials her son had removed his patriotic shirt. She said he was told the shirt needed to be confiscated because him simply wearing it on campus could incite violence.

“My son just wanted to show his classmates that he had pride for his country. Why is this a symbol that incites violence but the Mexican flag is not? “Schroeder asked. “My brother is in the Navy. We’ve been wearing patriotic shirts for years. Ranchero’s colors are even red and white. Where are we going to draw the line with what they can and cannot wear?”

Baker added that if it was a Hispanic student waving the Mexican flag at students to cause a problem, school officials would have taken the same action.

“We still live in America and should be proud of the flag that represents our country. But using it as a symbol to incite violence cannot be tolerated,” Baker said.

At they pay lip service to acting in a similar manner in the opposite scenario. I'd actually like to see them do it and watch the ACLU smack them with a lawsuit.

And there were other similar incidents...

In Colorado, students from Skyline High School walked out of class Friday mor ning to protest the school administration's new policy banning the carrying or wearing of American and Mexican flags. According to reports from the Rocky Mountain News, most of the 100 students were protesting that American flags were included in the ban. The ban likely will be short-lived, Principal Tom Stumpf stated.

Also on Friday, 17-year old David Guzman of Victorville left his job at the Victor Valley Mall and discovered all his patriotic flags and ribbons once proudly displayed on his car were stolen and the car’s antennae was broken in half where a small U.S. flag hung just hours earlier.

“I don’t know who did it or why. But I’ve had them on my car since 9/11 and it wasn’t until now that anyone messed with them. I’m Mexican. All of this is embarrassing to me and my family,” Guzman said of the nationwide protests. “I don’t want people looking at me or my sister like we’re one of those idiots protesting for a getout-of-jail-free card.”

It's fairly simple people... Build the wall and hire more border patrol to watch it. Round up all criminal illegal immigrants and deport them; lawlessness should not be tolerated and since they're not citizens send them home rather than to our overcrowded jails. Then it's a matter of deciding how we'll work the guest worker program, who gets to stay and for how long. Of course it needs to be enforced as well. Why bother if it just becomes amnesty.