Idaho student says teacher tossed his...

Idaho student says teacher tossed his Mexican flag in trash

There are 188 comments on the Newsday story from May 7, 2008, titled Idaho student says teacher tossed his Mexican flag in trash. In it, Newsday reports that:

TWIN FALLS, Idaho - A high school student says he may file a lawsuit against a physical education teacher who took a Mexican flag he had brought for Cinco de Mayo and put it in the garbage.

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BurningAtlanta

Mcdonough, GA

#1 May 7, 2008
If the coach did wrong, as alleged, then he should be disciplied. I don't believe in trashing flags. If the kid was an illegal the coach should have thrown him in the trash, not the flag.

I wonder what happens to the reconquistas that tear down US flags and run up Mexican flags on public property?
Darkwater

United States

#2 May 7, 2008
They are in the U.S. not Mexico. If they want to wave that stupid flag, then go back to Mexico!
Whirlwind is coming

Fort Pierce, FL

#3 May 7, 2008
The kid brought the flag for a freakin holiday. Man, people are so petty and spiteful. On Saint Patrick's day I see Irish flags and German flags during Octobre fest. There is nothing wrong with showing a little pride on a holiday. I could see if this kid was bringing the flag everyday. Let's be a little more tolerant.
toni

Bloomingdale, IL

#4 May 7, 2008
it's a meexican flag..burn it,it is meaningless..if it meant anything they would be in mexico celebrating, instead..they won the war and destroyed "their" country while France is educating and providing health care for "their" people..where did mexico go wrong
Justifiably Bellicose

West Palm Beach, FL

#5 May 7, 2008
The teacher was just demonstrating the lesson that when you finish with your trash, you're supposed to put it in the proper place.

What's the problem?

Whirlwind, I guess you can't draw a distinction between special occasions when Irish flags are flown and the everyday invasion in which Mexicans come here and try to make this country into an extension of that s#!thole they come from, Mexico. Hardly the same thing going on in both examples. Irish are not trying to overrun our country.
Tom

North Fort Myers, FL

#6 May 8, 2008
I do not believe the teacher should be punished or have any sort of repurcushions. He did what he felt was in the best interest of the student ((possibly an illegal)) to avoid violence in the school. Can YOU imagine an American student carrying around an American flag in Mexico celebrating the Spanish-American war?
Daniel Shays

Newington, CT

#7 May 8, 2008
Justifiably Bellicose wrote:
The teacher was just demonstrating the lesson that when you finish with your trash, you're supposed to put it in the proper place.
What's the problem?
Whirlwind, I guess you can't draw a distinction between special occasions when Irish flags are flown and the everyday invasion in which Mexicans come here and try to make this country into an extension of that s#!thole they come from, Mexico. Hardly the same thing going on in both examples. Irish are not trying to overrun our country.
The article says he brought it for Cinco de Mayo. Or were you too stupid to read the article?
Citizen Sane

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#9 May 8, 2008
and let's make sure we put the Confederate battle flag in the trash too. Why don't these redneck morons get it, they lost and the 'south ain't gonna rise again'.
Tired of the nonsense

Jamaica, NY

#10 May 8, 2008
¡La única bandera que debería ser orgullosamente volada y o mostrada es la Bandera americana!
Tired of the nonsense

Jamaica, NY

#11 May 8, 2008
IN ENGLISH PLEASE!!!

The only flag that should be proudly flown and or shown is the American Flag!
jjrg7

Raleigh, NC

#12 May 8, 2008
He should have wiped his rear with it first.
Anthony

United States

#13 May 8, 2008
We need more people in this country who have balls like this teacher instead of all the politically correct wimps who let these illegal
criminals ruin the great country we once had.
FRISS

United States

#14 May 8, 2008
The coach should be expelled for his ignorance, tell him to go to his obese american wife, and go have a cold pyss american bud beer.
Daniel Shays

Newington, CT

#15 May 8, 2008
Tired of the nonsense wrote:
IN ENGLISH PLEASE!!!
The only flag that should be proudly flown and or shown is the American Flag!
So you have a problem with Irish Pubs that fly the Irish Flag?
DOs equis

White Plains, NY

#16 May 8, 2008
servesa por favor
FRISS

United States

#17 May 8, 2008
Citizen Sane wrote:
and let's make sure we put the Confederate battle flag in the trash too. Why don't these redneck morons get it, they lost and the 'south ain't gonna rise again'.
Deff Agree With that, that coach demonstrated pure ignorance, hmm why dont we just trash all the american flags that are bought by americans in europe and other parts of the world. Who needs americans anyway?
Alfred

Pompano Beach, FL

#18 May 8, 2008
Deport the kid and his family. The coach should run for Congress or the Senate.
Simon Barsinister

Sarasota, FL

#19 May 8, 2008
I'm just amazed that the student is in high school and can't speak english, especially in Idaho. How does he expect to function in society once he graduates? I'm making the assumption that he isn't going to college as he can't even take the SAT test. Let's pour more money into the school system to fix this problem.
Bababooey

United States

#20 May 8, 2008
Daniel Shays wrote:
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So you have a problem with Irish Pubs that fly the Irish Flag?
It sounds like his type would never step foot in one as Irish pubs typically do not serve Piels, Busch or Milwaukee's Best or any of the other tasteless dog pee that people like that enjoy.

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Since: Dec 07

Baldwin, NY

#24 May 8, 2008
Suspected Illegal Immigrant Charged With Rape, Impregnating 10-Year-Old Girl

ST. ANTHONY, Idaho — A suspected illegal immigrant has been charged with raping a 10-year-old girl who later gave birth in eastern Idaho.

The girl gave birth less than two weeks ago by caesarian section at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Fremont County Sheriff Ralph C. Davis and other authorities said. Officials would not disclose the gender, date of birth or paternity of the baby.

"I wouldn't have believed a 10-year-old could conceive in the first place," Davis said.

A hospital spokeswoman would not discuss the condition of the girl or the baby and would not say whether either was still in the hospital Wednesday.

The story was first reported by KIDK Television in Idaho Falls.

St. Anthony police began investigating on April 28 after medical officials reported a pregnant child, and Guadalupe Gutierrez-Juarez, 37, of St. Anthony, was arrested the same day, Police Chief James Smith said.

"We had good information from witnesses," Smith said.

In documents that were filed April 29 in 7th District Court and obtained by The Associated Press, Gutierrez-Juarez is charged with one count of rape. He remained in jail with bail set at $250,000 pending a preliminary hearing May 13.

Authorities said Gutierrez-Juarez did not have legal documentation to live in the United States. His home town and nationality were not immediately clear, but police said they had received no complaints about him before investigating the pregnancy.

The investigation was continuing. Smith would not give details on the condition of the girl but said additional counts of rape could be filed.

"The prosecutor is still considering doing that," he said.

Prosecutor Karl H. Lewies did not return telephone calls Wednesday from The AP.

Child protection laws prohibit the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare from confirming whether the agency was contacted about the case, spokesman Tom Shanahan said.

"In a situation like that, we probably would be contacted by the hospital," Shanahan said. "If there was a crime committed we would be working with local law enforcement."

If the girl's home is found to be unsafe, a custody hearing would be held immediately and the courts would decide where to place her, Shanahan said.

"If they decide the child needs foster care, we would do that immediately," he said.

While a 10-year-old giving birth is highly unusual, it is not impossible, said Laurie Krieger, a medical anthropologist in Washington D.C.

"We do know that girls in the U.S. are menstruating sooner," a development which can speed up the production of sex hormones and make pregnancy possible earlier than might have been thought likely, Kreiger said.

Nutrition, body mass and other factors, including the fact that children in the United States weigh more than in past generations, contribute to early menstruation, she added.

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