– Freedom First
“I will always be proud of where I come from and what my flag represents,”
Last Wednesday, there was a high school basketball game in California, Camarillo vs. Rio Mesa high schools. Four friends attended the game, wearing their American flag bandanas, just as they have always done. However, some school officials ordered the boys to remove the bandanas or leave the game, claiming it was a “precaution” because both schools have a number of Hispanic students. Both schools are located in the United States.
The students did remove their bandanas as requested, and then led other Camarillo high school students attending the game in a “USA, USA!” chant. School administrators suspended the boys for the chanting. School officials did lift the suspension later. An excerpt from Breitbart follows:
‘Medeiros, one of the students who wore the American flag bandana, told the Ventura County Star that he and his friends are “very patriotic” and they have “always” worn the American flag bandanas.
“I will always be proud of where I come from and what my flag represents,” he tweeted. “No matter what anyone tells me! I stand up for what I believe in!”
Gabe Soumakian, the superintendent of the Oxnard Union School District, told Fox News’ Todd Starnes that the USA chants had “racial overtones” and this could be a “teachable moment” for the school. He also said the “USA” chant did not comply with California state athletic guidelines and noted, “it has to do with the fact that they are making a chant regarding that we are from the USA and you’re not. Whether that’s the implied intent, that’s the way it comes across.”
“We have a very diverse student body in the district,” Soumakian said. “As a superintendent I think we need to pursue this further. We need to work with teachers and students and the community about the concept of cultural proficiency.”
After the video of the diverse Camarillo student body chanting, “USA, USA,” was posted on YouTube, commenters expressed their support for the four patriotic students.