(NBC BAY AREA) Officials at a Bay Area high school acted appropriately when they ordered students wearing American flag T-shirts to turn the garments inside out during the Mexican independence celebration Cinco de Mayo, a federal appeals court says.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that school officials’ safety concerns outweighed the students' right to free speech.
Administrators feared the American flag shirts would enflame the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday back in 2010. Live Oak High School in the San Jose suburb of Morgan Hill had a history of problems between white and Latino students on that day.
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