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Teacher Throws Kid's Mexican Flag in the Trash — Kid To Sue

Teacher Throws Kid's Mexican Flag in the Trash — Kid To Sue

Cinco de Mayo may have left more than a tequila hangover and a fridge full of leftover nachos for one teacher in Idaho. A simple act of confiscating a flag from a student might put him on the receiving end of a lawsuit from the ACLU.

The student in question said he was changing into gym clothes at his high school on Cinco de Mayo and holding the Mexican flag when his teacher told him, "Give me the flag." The student claims he asked what the problem was, and his teacher said, "'The problem is that we are in the United States and not in Mexico.' He grabbed it from me. He threw the flag in the garbage can." The trouble worsened after school when the student went to retrieve his flag — he says the teacher taunted him and refused to give it back.

The teacher remembers the event differently, to see how, and how the ACLU is getting involved,

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The teacher says the student was waving the flag around and that he "had to confiscate it so it wouldn't escalate any problems in class. We're worried about that stuff all the time. We always have kids saying stuff to each other, and we have a lot of fights between kids." He says he stored it in the trashcan because there was no other place to keep it.

The ACLU has contacted the student who's now considering a lawsuit against the teacher. The school superintendent said this of the incident, "We believe in nondiscriminatory practices and cultural sensitivity. We train for that and talk about that. If there is a teacher making derogatory comments we don't approve of that. We also don't approve of a student disrupting the classroom." About a third of the student body is Hispanic.

Was the teacher right? Is it easy to judge decisions well after the fact? Should the ACLU get involved, or could this be a case of being too sue happy?

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BelleNuit BelleNuit 8 years
Since it was Cinco De Mayo, I don't think there was anything wrong with the kid holding up a Mexican flag. Perhaps the kid was being disruptive with the flag? It seems like there are a lot of missing pieces to this story. I wouldn't side with the kid immediately. The teacher might have thought he was being overly obnoxious with his flag declaration.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I probably opened AN argument.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I despise the ACLU, and petty lawsuits everytime someone gets their feelings hurt :irk: me. I don't see anything wrong with the kid having the flag. I think the teacher over reacted and he's a jerk. But a lawsuit over it is kind of ridiculous. I am completely sworn on "this is America speak english" etc. I don't see anything wrong with someone showing a love for their home country. I think both can be done. I know I probably opened a arguement.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I despise the ACLU, and petty lawsuits everytime someone gets their feelings hurt :irk: me. I don't see anything wrong with the kid having the flag. I think the teacher over reacted and he's a jerk. But a lawsuit over it is kind of ridiculous. I am completely sworn on "this is America speak english" etc. I don't see anything wrong with someone showing a love for their home country. I think both can be done. I know I probably opened a arguement.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
No. I am talking the tacky gold chains and rings. I would call it what we call it in New York, but it might be seen as derogatory so I won't.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
it was this gold jewelry that was shaped like nuggets. there were like pendants and rings, and they were rough hewn to look like gold nuggets. my uncle and aunt had matching gold nugget jewelry in the 80's.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
it was this gold jewelry that was shaped like nuggets. there were like pendants and rings, and they were rough hewn to look like gold nuggets. my uncle and aunt had matching gold nugget jewelry in the 80's.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
What is gold nugget jewelery?
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
What is gold nugget jewelery?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Adios Harmony. Have a good stiff drink for me
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Adios Harmony. Have a good stiff drink for me
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
bye harmony!cine, do you mean gold nugget jewelry by any chance??
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
bye harmony! cine, do you mean gold nugget jewelry by any chance??
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
GO TEAM RED! :mob:
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
GO TEAM RED! :mob:
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
:wave: Bye Harmony!
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
:wave: Bye Harmony!
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Young men are pretty dirty too, but old men are much more blunt about what they want to do, and it is creepy.Especially when they wear gold jewelry.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Young men are pretty dirty too, but old men are much more blunt about what they want to do, and it is creepy. Especially when they wear gold jewelry.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Time to ride the train home! YAY! I'm going to have a :cocktail:
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
meaning, they will do and say a lot of things young men won't!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'm not questioning my allegiance. I'm just confused... ;)
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
Cine, it's because they have nothing to lose. they have no shame.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Hey did anyone see a Mexican flag around here.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
TEAM BLUE!!!!:kool: :WOOHOO: 8) :smurf:
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