Mexican-American Live Oak High School students March for Respect


Si se puede.

I hate to break this to the Hispanic students at Live Oak High School, but you live and are receiving an education in … The United States of America. Some 200 students left school and marched in Moran Hill yesterday following the news that four students have the audacity to wear red, white and blue clothing on Cinco de Mayo.


Hispanic students march down Monterey Road in Morgan Hill on Thursday morning asking for respect after Live Oak High School Principal Nick Boden ignited a controversy Wednesday by sending home five students who wore American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. (Photo by: MorganHill Times Staff)

Here is a quick teaching moment to the misguided Mexican-American HS students:

You know, that very US Constitution that allowed you to march down the street in protest for respect is the very same Constitution that allows these four boys and any one for that fact to where any clothing that they chose.

If you think this is how you gain respect, you are in for a long tough life folks. Respect is a two way street. If you want others to respect your point of view, then you must also find it in your self to respect theirs, especially when the 4 kids wearing the US flag clothing did nothing wrong.

About 200 Hispanic teens are marching in Morgan Hill yelling “We want respect!” and “Si se puede!” in reaction to a controversy ignited when the Live Oak High School principal effectively sent four students home for wearing T-shirts with American flags on them during Cinco de Mayo.

Mexican-American students felt the students were being disrespectful on the only day they celebrate their heritage while students sporting red, white and blue said it violated their First Amendment rights.

Six police cars and a Morgan Hill motorcycle officer have been cruising alongside the large group as it marches.

The group – mostly high school students – walked out of school this morning after the story of four students who were sent home because they wore American flag T-shirts went viral on TV and online. Many wear red, white and green and two large Mexico flags can be seen at the front of the line.

The students say they want people to know they’re proud of their heritage and they believe wearing red, white and blue on Cinco de Mayo is disrespectful.

Many of the students are from Live Oak High School, who left school around 11 a.m. this morning and decided to march to the school district headquarters just north of Tennant Avenue. When they arrived, they were told to leave.

“We did this to support the Latino-Hispanic community,” said Francine Roa, who graduated from Live Oak in 2005. She brought her 2-year-old son, Elias Martinez, on the march.

She said it’s a peaceful march to support Mexican-Americans in Morgan Hill.

The crowd is en route to Morgan Hill City Hall on Peak Avenue.

Maybe some one at this high school can actually use this as a teaching moment to the Mexican-American students who think that some how wearing red, white and blue USA patriotic colors is disrespectful while attending a school in the United States of America.

It is actually troubling and speaks volumes to the narrow minded idiocy of a student that would make such a comment. Like it or not folks, you live in the United States. Principal Miguel Rodriguez could use a good US Constitution lesson as well, maybe one in discrimination as well … or maybe just a good civil law suit.

Principal Miguel Rodriguez told them to wear the clothes inside out or go home. At least two of the boys left campus because they found the other option to be “disrespectful” to the flag, and the others remained in school without changing, their parents said.

Rodriguez could not be reached for comment — the school referred all calls to the district office.

In the end the School Board had to cry uncle and reverse the decision as they were clearly in the wrong.

District Superintendent Wesley Smith issued a statement Thursday: “The Morgan Hill Unified School District does not prohibit nor do we discourage wearing patriotic clothing. The incident on May 5 at Live Oak High School is extremely unfortunate. While campus safety is our primary concern and administrators made decisions yesterday in an attempt to ensure campus safety, students should not, and will not, be disciplined for wearing patriotic clothing. This matter is under investigation and appropriate action will be taken.”

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  • Comments

    22 Responses to “Mexican-American Live Oak High School students March for Respect”

    1. Teresa on May 7th, 2010 3:04 pm

      If they are SO proud of their heritage…then GO HOME…this is the United States of America and we DO NOT WANT YOU HERE! We speak ENGLISH …and personally I do not want to press one for English!
      Go home!

    2. Miss-Underestimated on May 7th, 2010 3:09 pm

      The US needs to take over the entire country of Mexico, taking the tourist and drug industry over to get the funds to pay for the education and medical issues of these ingrates.

    3. super dave on May 7th, 2010 3:20 pm

      how many of thes kids do you think are some
      of the same gang members brandishing guns
      and gang signs and being proud to do it ?
      they want respect but are not willing to give
      it. they should be made to recite the Pledge Of
      Allegiance every morning at school or be expelled

    4. Rusty Bridges on May 7th, 2010 3:32 pm

      Keep on marching, right back to Mexico you ungrateful f@&*s

      This kind of behavior makes me wish they would reinstate the draft.

    5. Independents4Change on May 7th, 2010 3:44 pm

      Somewhere in California, the Taco Bell Chihuahua is rolling over in his grave.

    6. super dave on May 7th, 2010 4:15 pm

      they want amnesty but little does obama know
      that the mexicans hate black people. they will
      use obama just as he will use them to get re-
      elected. then he will dump them like trash.
      too bad we don’t have a strong hispanic
      conservative with knowledge to tell these people that they are just a pawn in obama’s scam.

    7. Patrick on May 7th, 2010 7:15 pm

      An adult that knew the kids that wore the US Flag t-shirts said that they knew that they were going to stir things up. From what I hear, they reacted more to the racial slurs than the shirts. The vice-principal was the one who reacted to the shirts, then it all got conflated in the press. In some of the interviews with kids, they didn’t even know about the shirts. The kids just didn’t want to be hated on. Who does? Almost all of this is just stirred up by the press on a slow news day. The kids saw the news that night, and got stirred up and that led to talking the next day and then the walk out. I call that irresponsible journalism.
      SM: Yup, kill the messenger.

      You have missed the point. All of the kids in the HS have a right to wear what ever they wish. There was no reference of racial slurs so I hardly think you are telling the truth. Like the MSM would not have mentioned that, plueze!

    8. Pat in Alabama on May 7th, 2010 7:56 pm

      Respect was once something people “earned”, but these days there seems to be a lot of people “demanding” respect when they have done nothing to earn it.

    9. Michelle on May 7th, 2010 7:57 pm

      Well boo effin hoo….Go cry somewhere else you whiney little b***h’s. This is America, not Mexico. If you like Mexico so damn much then go live there. I have had it with all this b.s. They are living in this country, getting an education in this country and they want to wave their damn Mexican flags and protest because Americans wear American flags on their shirts.

      Well F**k Off losers. Go back to Mexico you pieces of s**t.

    10. Tamikosmom on May 7th, 2010 8:43 pm

      Updated May 07, 2010
      California Principal Apologizes for Forbidding U.S. Flag Shirts on Mexican Holiday

      A California high school principal has apologized for telling five students they couldn’t wear U.S. flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo, the local superintendent said Friday.

      The five teens were sitting at a table outside the school Wednesday morning when Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez asked two of them to remove their American flag bandannas, one of the boys’ parents told The youths complied, but were asked to accompany Rodriguez to the principal’s office.

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    12. dj on May 8th, 2010 7:59 am

      What flag flies in front of Live Oak High School? Should be the American and the State of California’s; not Mexico’s. Don’t like what country you are in-Then go home! Or denounce your citizenship….May 5th is not our country’s independence day!

    13. randy on May 8th, 2010 9:11 am

      for your information the USA has 1 flag and it isn’t the mexican flag. Let me enlighten you on our mexican ignorance. Do you realize americans are dying on foreign soil to protect our flag? Do you realize how disrespectful and unapreciative you are to fly your mexican flag in america while we are at war. I have one thing to say. F(edit) off! i HAVE NO RESPECT FOR YOU. Go back to mexico if you have such a strong allegiance to that flag. The VP of live oak that sent the kids home needs to be fired and given a one way bus ticket to mexico. To you sir, You can also go f(edit) yourself for being so ignorant while our children are dying on foreign soil. How shameful and stupid you mexicans are. We are tired of giving you free medical and free education. Arizona is doing the right thing. You fill our prisons. you fill our hospitals. you fill our schools and you have no respect for our flag, our soldiers or our citizens. Listen closely. AMERICA OWES YOU NOTHING! Your INGNORANCE is not wanted. Mexicans S(edit)!

    14. Clinton L. Goodwin on May 8th, 2010 12:41 pm

      If my country had won only 2 major battles I would find it a reason to throw a party. Let’s see 182 men held up in the Alamo held off thousands of Mexican troops for 13 days and those 182 men took four times of Mexican troops with them. The other being the battle of Pueblo where the Mexican Army routed part of the French army. I would party too. But then look what happened when Sam Houston caught with Santa Anna for the lack of a better word completely Routed. May 8th 1862 the French attack and completely rout the Mexian Army and then burn the town to the ground and then take over Mexico. So remember Mexico won 2 battles but lost both wars so take pride and party up. Also just to remind you a army of 100,000 American soundly defeated a Mexican army 5 times the Americans size and we cleaned your clock. So party up and be proud!

    15. A Texas Grandfather on May 8th, 2010 3:02 pm

      It is time that these Mexican ingraits including the vice-principal of the school were rounded up and sent back to their homeland by force. They do not respect the United States and they shouldn’t be allowed to live here. Anyone in a protest crowd that flies a Mexican flag should be immediately arrested.
      Why did the school even allow such a celibration for the Mexican independence take place? This is the United States, not Mexico.
      This is supposed to be a melting pot where cultures merge and become greater, but this cannot happen if every group KEEPS THE FLAWED CULTURE OF THEIR NATIVE COUNTRY that they ran away from.

    16. Its Me on May 8th, 2010 10:51 pm

      I agree Grampa Tex. you hit the nail on the head!!!

    17. Bob Veylupek on May 9th, 2010 10:03 pm

      For the information of people–
      September l6 is the Independence Day of Mexico, not May 5th. Are we going to let the people from Mexico take away two days from us for wearing our red, white, and blue? No way. I say be proud of your country and wear red, white and blue everyday.
      I appreciate those immigrants that came here legally and have assimilated into our society and support their new country. Thanks for becoming true americans. To the rest of you, I hope the new laws in Arizona spread to the other states in our nation and that you are sent home, where you can fly your flag with respect. Thank you Arizona for helping us finally stand up and be counted.

    18. Mario on May 11th, 2010 1:56 pm

      I live In Mexico now, all my family lives in the States,I myself lived over there for 15 years and it’s a shame to see what’s going on in Morgan Hill, my nephew studies there and if you are talking about us being unrespectful because we fight something we believe is important even if we talk about defending illegal alliens,whose kids weren’t asked when they decided to enroll to the ARMY , why do you keep silent, please show your hate against those young men and women, incluiding my niece who is serving her country in Afganistan or my two nephews doing the same in Irak, their parents have been living illegaly in the States for twenty years (paying taxes). and don’t forget that the ame freedom of speech you talk about, works both ways so, respect our viewpoint even if you don’t agree

    19. sara on May 23rd, 2010 6:54 pm

      I too feel that it was a bit much asking the students to turn their shirts inside out, that is disrespectful to the USA, but why do you have so much hate towards the Mexican American, I don’t see anyone getting upset when everyone wears green on March 17th every year to show pride in their culture, and yes Mexicans celebrate Sept 16th which is our true independence day, but cinco de mayo has been the holiday that chicanos have picked as their holiday.

      And a quick note to everyone that says speak english it is our language, actually the great country that we live in has no national language, so si alguin quiere hablar en espanol es su derecha thanks to our wonderful government.

      Instead of hating so much why don’t both groups just try to understand each other, I love and respect both of my parents culture, but remember that Mexican AMERICANS have a right to express themselves as well, but I don’t think our forefathers wanted us to hate others, and by the way I teach your kids math
      SM: Who’s hating? It was the Mexican-American School official who caused the BS. Both students should have been allowed to wear.

      The Mexican-American kids better get a grip and that’s that they live in America, where all students are allowed to wear clothing of their choice, not just the Mexican kids.

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    22. Aaron on May 1st, 2013 7:35 pm

      In case nobody knows this, actual Mexicans don’t celebrate the 5th of May as it’s a lame footnote event in Mexican history. Only Americans who pretend to be Mexicans think it matters.

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