A federal appeals court is considering whether administrators of a school marred by racial tension and gang activity went too far when they sent home students who arrived wearing American flag shirts on a Mexican holiday.
The three students showed up at Live Oak High School on May 5, 2010 and were quickly told to either cover up their attire by turning their shirts inside out or go home. May 5 also happens to be Cinco de Mayo, an annual celebration of Mexican heritage. The holiday is popular throughout the US, particularly in the southwestern states, and is related to the anniversary of a historical battle against French forces observed in the Mexican state of Puebla.
Administrators said they told the students to hide their clothing because of heightened stress and shouting matches between students on…
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