Students suspended for wearing patriotic shirts

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Students suspended for wearing patriotic shirts

By Corinne Hautala. CREATED Oct 22, 2013

MORGAN HILL, Calif. - Four guys are still fighting their former High School’s decision to make them turn their shirts inside out or face suspension. 

Administrators at Live Oak High School said they made the then-students turn their American flag-adorned shirts inside out, in 2010, to avoid any conflict with Mexican-American students celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

The students chose suspension.

This week, a federal appeals court will consider their lawsuit that their freedom of speech was violated.

School district officials believe the school’s actions were a necessary safety precaution because of a history of campus strife between Hispanic and Anglo students on Cinco de Mayo. They maintain that safeguarding students trumps free speech concerns.