MORGAN HILL, Calif. -- A federal judge says a Northern California high school official did not violate a group of students' right to freedom of speech when he ordered them to remove clothing with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo.
Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware of San Francisco on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Morgan Hill Unified School District by the students.
Ware said officials at Live Oak High School reasonably believed the students' American flag clothing - worn on the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo - could spark violence on campus.
The school's assistant principal ordered the students to remove the American flag clothing or turn it inside out on May 5, 2010 and eventually sent two students home.
Bill Becker, a lawyer for the students, called Ware's ruling "bizarre" and said he planned to appeal.Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/12/4049631/judge-school-could-order-removal.html