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Student Punished For Wearing a T-Shirt Depicting American Flag

September 23, 2008

This must be my day for t-shirt posts.

This second one is a doozy!


DOS PALOS — Students at Dos Palos High School protested Thursday — by wearing patriotic regalia to school — after a sophomore student was forced to remove a T-shirt depicting the American flag.

Officials at the Merced County school confirmed Thursday that Jake Shelly was forced to take off a red, white and blue tie-dyed American flag T-shirt on Tuesday. The shirt said nothing offensive, just: “United States of America, Washington, D.C.”

The school’s assistant principal issued Shelly a bright yellow T-shirt that read “DCV: Dress Code Violator” to wear for the rest of the day. He was given his shirt back after classes ended.

Adding salt to the wound…

Earlier in the day, he was speaking with a local news station when an unidentified teacher walked up to him, ripped off the microphone clipped to his shirt and told him he was not allowed to talk to the media.

District officials said they apologized to the student, his family and the local American Legion on Wednesday — Constitution Day.

“In reviewing the dress code at the time, an administrator felt the shirt was in violation of that section of the dress code,” said Superintendent Brian Walker. “She asked him to remove it and he did.”

Not to be outdone his fellow students came out in full force to support him.

Jake Shelly was wearing the tie-dyed T-shirt as part of a hippie dress-up day (could that be a clue? Heh) during homecoming week.

Students on campus started a campaign to wear as much red, white or blue clothing and carry as many flags as possible Thursday in protest of Tuesday’s decision, despite the apology. Jake Shelly wore the same shirt he wore Tuesday and was not disciplined.

H/T Stop The ACLU


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…the US Flag during pro-illegal alien protests.

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Members of the Islamic Thinkers Society stomp on and…


…rip the American Flag during a staged protest in New York City 2005

This country would be much better off, if there were more of ‘don’t tread on me’ and less of ‘walk all over me’.

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  1. September 23, 2008 12:39 pm

    Man, I can’t believe this one passed me up. I would have loved to have written about this.

    This is wrong on so many levels. I would love to know how the T-shirt was against school policy.

    And that teacher ripping the mic off the kid during an interview? Can you say PR nightmare? I guess maybe he’s a math teacher, because sometimes they can be so smart, they’re stupid.

  2. September 23, 2008 1:47 pm

    His mistake was that he should have put on a Che Guevara shirt, or Mao, or the Hammer & Sickle…then he would have been characterized as bold and progressive!!!

    This is the type of society that ObamaNation would usher in…

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