Friday, November 12, 2010

American Flag - #2388 - VIDEO: California School Orders Boy to Remove American Flag from His Bike (2) Couple Battle HOA for Right to Fly American Flag - The Blaze

California School orders boy to remove American Flag from his bike - The Blaze - Cody Alicea, 13, likes to fly a small American flag on his bike in honor of veterans such as his grandfather, Robert. He’s been doing it for two months. But now, the school he attends has ordered him to remove the flag citing “racial tensions.” “In this country we’re supposed to be free,” said Cody, who attends Denair Middle School near Sacramento, CA. “And I should be able to wave my flag wherever I want to. And they‘re telling me I can’t.”Free or not, officials say flag flying has become too controversial at the school. Denair Unified School District Superintendent Edward Parraz said that while Cody does have a First Amendment right, “with that comes a responsibility.” That “responsibility” apparently means being more considerate to other cultures. “Our Hispanic, you know, kids will, you know, bring their Mexican flags and they’ll display it, and then of course the kids would do the American flag situation, and it does cause kind of a racial tension which we don’t really want,” Parraz said. “We want them to appreciate the cultures.” He explained that some Hispanic students got out of hand with their own flag flying on Cinco de Mayo. In response, Cody now hides his flag during the day: he takes it off his bike, folds it up, and keeps it in his backpack.“He‘s got that flag on his bike because he’s proud of where he comes from,” Cody’s father Robert Kisner told KCRA-TV. Adding to the irony: the school flies an American flag outside the building.

Couple Battles HOA for Right to Fly American Flag - The Blaze - Steve and Robin’s last name may be Perfect, but their situation is anything but. After seeing their son Sgt. Edward Nadler off to war this fall, the Hailey, Idaho couple bought an American flag to fly in support of “Eddie.” But when they got home to Copper Ranch Condominiums and placed the flag on a post they thought was their property, neighbors and condominium management told the Perfects they had remove their flag. The demands have sparked a debate over rules that directly or indirectly prevent tenants from flying flags, and now the Perfects are having to defend their right to fly an American flag on American soil. “We’ve been harassed and hassled for the past two months, and we’re all stressed,” Robin, 50, said. “It’s bad enough that my only son is going to Iraq — now I have to worry about this.” After resisting for those last two months, Robin says the couple is “tired.” Unlike their son, their tolerance for battle isn’t so high. But a battle is exactly what they’re in, as now the homeowners association has weighed in and says the couple is in violation of its policies. “It’s about items in the common area,” Property manager Brian Emerick told the Idaho mountain Express. “And, tenants are not allowed to place items in the common area … [including] any number of things, bird houses, wind chimes, anything.”

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