Four California high school students were reportedly suspended for chanting “U.S.A! U.S.A!” and wearing American flag bandanas during a basketball game at Camarillo High School, because school administrators felt the cheer and American flag bandanas might have offended Hispanic students (video below).
According to FoxNews.com, more than 100 students gathered by the school’s flagpole the following morning to protest, in favor of the four students, dressed in patriotic clothing.
While the student's punishment has been rescinded, Oxnard Union School District superintendent Gabe Soumakian told FoxNews.com that “we need to pursue this further” and “work with teachers and students and the community about the concept of cultural proficiency.”
“We wanted to make sure [their actions weren't] racially motivated, and I told the kids I just want to be sensitive to the feelings of everybody,” Soumakian and Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman said. “If we’re doing it for patriotism, that’s fine. But if we’re doing it for something else that’s racially motivated, I’m not going to allow that.”
Neither Lipman or Soumakian explained why cheering "U.S.A." would be considered racist as there are millions of Latino-Americans living in the U.S.A.
“We’ve done it always,” one student said. “It’s something we do. It’s the same group of friends. We’re all very patriotic.”