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Student Told Not to Fly U.S. Flag on Bike


DENAIR, Calif. --- School Officials in Ca. told a middle school student not to fly a U.S. flag on the back of his bicycle because it could cause “racial tensions” among other students.

Denair Unified School District Superintendent Edward Parraz said Cody Alicea, 13, was told not to fly the U.S. flag from his bike while at Denair Middle School after complaints from other students, KCRA-TV, Sacramento, Calif., reported.

"(The) First Amendment is important," Parraz said. "We want the kids to respect it, understand it, and with that comes a responsibility."

According to Parraz, tensions over the Cinco de Mayo holiday boiled over earlier this year.

Parraz said “Our Hispanic kids will bring their flag and display it and the American kids will do the same, and it does cause racial tension, which we don’t really want. We want them to appreciate the cultures.”

The boy’s parents said their son flies the flag as a tribute to family members that served in the armed forces.

"He's got that flag on his bike because he's proud of where he comes from," Alicea's father, Robert Kisner, said.

While attending classes, Alicea folds up the flag and keeps in his backpack KCRA-TV, Sacramento, Calif. said.

Is this a First Amendment issue? If so who is right and who is wrong? You tell us. Please keep in mind racially charged comments will be deleted.

Photo: KCRA-TV

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