Five Live Oak High School students' First Amendment rights were challenged this morning when they were asked to leave school because they donned American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Officials at the school chose not to comment on the situation, but one student said an official called the T-shirts "incendiary"...
The boys were told they must turn their T-shirts inside-out or be sent home - and that it would not be considered a suspension - but that Rodriguez did not want any fights to break out among Mexican-American students and those wearing American flags. Dariano said other students were wearing American flags but since they were a group of five "we were the easiest target to cause trouble" according to Rodriguez, he said.
If fostering a "spirit of cultural awareness", in the words of a school district spokesperson, means that some students have to reject theirs, then the spirit is misguided.
Update: More on the legal issues, plus more intelligent commentary, at the internet's premier lawblog, the Volokh Conspiracy.