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Court: School can ban US flag shirts for safety

Published On: Feb 27 2014 06:17:02 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 11 2014 12:10:36 PM CDT

wanelo.com

SAN FRANCISCO -

A federal appeals court says high school officials in Northern California acted appropriately when they ordered students wearing American flag T-shirts to turn the garments inside out during the Cinco de Mayo celebration.
    
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that officials' concerns of racial violence outweighed students' freedom of expression rights.
    
Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would enflame the passions of Latino students celebrating Cinco de Mayo. 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.
    
The unanimous three-judge panel said past problems gave school officials sufficient and justifiable reasons for their actions. The court said schools have wide latitude in curbing certain civil rights to ensure campus safety.

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