You Can Burn The Flag But You Can't Wear It

Jeff Wagner

You Can Burn The Flag But You Can't Wear It

By Jeff Wagner. CREATED Feb 28, 2014

In 2010, a public high school in the San Francisco area decided to authorize a celebration of the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo.

Given that the school had a history of racial turmoil between white and Hispanic students, it's somewhat unclear why school officials thought this would be a good idea?

In any event, on the day of the celebration, a number of students showed up wearing t-shirts bearing an image of the American flag.  School administrators, afraid that the American flag images would provoke violence, ordered the students to turn their shirts inside out.  When they refused, they were sent home.

Here's what the shirts looked like.

A lawsuit followed.

Yesterday the very liberal United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that school officials were within their rights to prohibit students from wearing patriotic clothing!  The ruling says that concerns that the clothing would incite violence justified the ban.

Should the display of the American flag be banned in public schools because other groups might not like it?

We'll discuss the question during the 1 p.m. hour of Friday's radio show.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the segment. 

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Jeff Wagner recently completed his 15th year as a talk show host at 620 WTMJ. Jeff's show, which airs Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m., features stories which you might not have heard about elsewhere and emphasizes Jeff's common sense approach to issues.