Remember Cody Alicea, the 13-year-old Californian boy who was ordered by his school principal to remove the flag from his bike because of fears the Flag of the United States of America would “incite racial incidents”?
Well, the news of his predicament went viral and patriots across America were incensed by Denair Middle School principal Aaron Delworth’s unconstitutional and pusillanimous command to Cody. So the American Legion came to the rescue.
As reported by Jim Hoft of RightNetwork, last Monday morning (November 15, 2010), hundreds of American Legion Riders and fellow patriots escorted Cody to his school. They all had American flags on their bikes.
Megan Martens of The Turlock Journal reports that “The sound of “God Bless America” echoed through the streets of Denair as hundreds of people walked eighth grader Cody Alicea to school while bringing a tidal wave of red, white and blue to the small Central Valley community.”
The American Legion is America’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and mutual assistance for servicemembers and veterans.
The evening before the Legionnaire ride and parade, Cody’s school district made a half-hearted (Eowyn’s note to Peter McBride: this means “lukewarm”!) concession to Cody. As recounted by Megan Martens:
The school district stands behind the decision the campus supervisor made to keep Alicea’s safety as their number one priority, but has allowed Alicea to fly his flag again.
“First and foremost, I am sorry to this town that this has happened,” said Denair Unified School District Superintendent Ed Parraz at the emergency DUSD Board of Trustees meeting held on Sunday, which was called to discuss a potential lawsuit from a civil rights group. “My apology not only goes to Denair, but this county, this state and the whole union.”
Even with the apology some feel that the school district should have handled the situation differently. “We might lose the bigger issue here,” said Denair resident Keith Landmeier at the Sunday DUSD meeting. “Cody wasn’t our problem and isn’t the bigger issue. As an American, I don’t want to be afraid or my school district to be afraid of hiding my American flag on American soil.”
Some feel the district should have dealt with the students who were allegedly making the threats instead of asking Alicea to remove his flag for his safety. “The issue at hand is the bullies threatening him because he wants to fly an American flag in America,” said Nancy Hinton, Modesto resident who also spoke at the Sunday meeting. “Why weren’t the bullies threatening him brought in the office and brought to justice?”