Idaho student says teacher tossed his Mexican flag in trash

There are 20 comments on the May 7, 2008, TwinCities.com story titled Idaho student says teacher tossed his Mexican flag in trash. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

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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Unreal

Saint Paul, MN

#1 May 7, 2008
A teacher can't put aside his own prejudice while on the job? That's disguisting.
Sam Kinison

Pleasanton, CA

#2 May 7, 2008
Put the flag down son, this is school time and besides you live in AMERICA you rockhead
Old yeller

Pleasanton, CA

#4 May 7, 2008
do ya speak english...well i suggest you learn.
justice for all

Berkeley Heights, NJ

#6 May 7, 2008
The U.S Tax payer paid for that school to be built, The U.S Tax payer pays the teachers salery, The mexicans do not pay taxes for anything. Enough said!
whatever

Saint Paul, MN

#7 May 7, 2008
So, this child was an illegal immigrant now? Wow...you people are warped. I hope this this gym "teacher" is fired. I have no problem with the flag being held in the teacher's office until gym is over, because it wouldn't really be conducive to physical activity, but the garbage can and taunts were over the line. Enough said.
The Lab Rat

Boise, ID

#8 May 7, 2008
Freedom of expression is not just what YOU agree with!

You people are more screwed up than I am!

AND THAT"S SAYING SOMETHING!

The Lab Rat
Al Franken

Pleasanton, CA

#9 May 7, 2008
whatever wrote:
So, this child was an illegal immigrant now? Wow...you people are warped. I hope this this gym "teacher" is fired. I have no problem with the flag being held in the teacher's office until gym is over, because it wouldn't really be conducive to physical activity, but the garbage can and taunts were over the line. Enough said.
Agreed-give the kid a coupon to Taco Johns as an apology.
Sarah

Minneapolis, MN

#10 May 7, 2008
The problem is that this is a he-said, he-said incident with no other witnesses. So we don't know really who is telling the truth.
Fido Bedo

Pleasanton, CA

#11 May 7, 2008
Hey kid,

get over it will ya
Stephanie Aiken

Minneapolis, MN

#12 May 7, 2008
"You can take the Boy out of Mexico, but you can't take the Mexican out of the Boy."

.....You also can't take the Mexican Boy out of the US, evidently....
Uh huh

Saint Paul, MN

#13 May 7, 2008
Um, who said he was illegal? My problem is not with the kid having his flag, it is the lawsuit part that bothers hell out of me. If he burned an American flag he'd be touted as a brave and couragous person. Hypocrisy!

“Things can only get better”

Since: May 08

Minneapolis

#14 May 7, 2008
Unreal wrote:
A teacher can't put aside his own prejudice while on the job? That's disguisting.
But it is more than likely that you would approve of a teacher whose "prejudices" were directed at a student who wanted to discuss conservative values or display any icon related to conservative values.
The Republican

Albuquerque, NM

#17 May 7, 2008
It's the same as toting a Confederate flag if you don't like it then you can get the hell out!!!
whatever

Saint Paul, MN

#19 May 7, 2008
Do people really think he'd be celebrated if he burned an American flag in school? Really? I think that may be frowned upon by many people in this country. Just because he's celebrating the Mexican flag, does not mean he's desicrating Old Glory. The hatred in this country astounds me...

“Proud Skeptic!”

Since: Feb 08

El Paso

#20 May 7, 2008
Who cares about the flag? That's a non-issue compared to the fact that a 16 year old in an American high school has "poor English skills". That is unforgivable, but unfortunately very widespread. And I am not just talking about immigrants. Plenty of students born in this country graduate high school with "poor English skills". THAT is what the ACLU should be upset about.
Jaydog

Watsonville, CA

#21 May 7, 2008
one is a TEACHER, one is a STUDENT. Not equals. We expect our teachers to allow their students to be proud of their heritage. I don't think if the gym teacher burned an American flag he'd be touted as a hero, you idiot "uh huh". He'd be fired, for all sorts of stuff. Teachers rarely get to set things on fire at school.
Most of you would be way better off moving to China, or North Korea or Iran. You'd love their rules there. They have a real "think like us or else" mentality.
Can I wave my Irish flag on St. Patty's day?(grandpa immigrated illegally during WW2) or should I just "go back to Ireland".
Talk about a ship of fools on this board, holy jeez...
whatever

Saint Paul, MN

#22 May 7, 2008
The difference between being able to destroy an American flag and this story is that the flag was not the teacher's to destroy. If he wants to purchase a Mexican flag and destroy it in the middle of the street...I say he has the right. That very distorted right. This was the flag of a child...I can't go to a neighbors house and destroy their American flag.
Trast

El Paso, TX

#23 May 7, 2008
Would it have happened if the kid had had an Irish flag on St. Patrick's day? No -- case closed.
last rights

El Segundo, CA

#25 May 7, 2008
justice for all wrote:
The U.S Tax payer paid for that school to be built, The U.S Tax payer pays the teachers salery, The mexicans do not pay taxes for anything. Enough said!
no, people die for the PROFIT (oil) of our govt!
last rights

El Segundo, CA

#26 May 7, 2008
Uh huh wrote:
So, many die for the freedom that the American flag represents and burning it is ok. Millions illegally invade the USA and leach the rescources of our country under the Mexican flag and putting IT in a trash can is bad. Screw you! Go back over the border! Frickin taco vendors!
no, many have died for the profit (oil) of our govt.

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