Past Features

May 5, 2012

Morgan Hill school readies for
Cinco de Mayo rallies, protests

KGO-TV -- San Francisco -- May 4, 2014   
Georgine Scott-Codiga
     Morgan Hill, Calif -- A rally will be held Monday at the same South Bay high school where a nationwide controversy erupted four years ago, when some students wore American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.
    No trespassing signs and a large fence now surrounds Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill. The school district and police say it's just a precaution ahead of rallies planned on Cinco de Mayo.
    "Apparently they don't want the children to be exposed to democracy in action," said Gilroy-Morgan Hill Patriots President Georgine Scott-Codiga.
    Scott-Codiga says she will stand silently with 50 fellow members holding American flags before classes begin; all in the name of free speech.
    In 2010, several students wore t-shirts with American flags to school on Cinco de Mayo. Some Latino students were offended. The school told the boys take off the t-shirts or go home. The case went to court, and a recent decision by the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of the school.
    "It was very upsetting to a lot of people that the flag, which is a positive American symbol of freedom, was banned," said Scott-Codiga.
ABP Quote of the Day: ..."Even though I am saying this part serious and part joking, I think we are practicing la Reconquista in California'" - Mexican Consul General of Los Angeles.......

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