California Teacher Finds Student’s American Flag Drawing Offensive

A California art class teacher banned a student’s drawing of the American flag with the words “God Bless America,” saying she found it “offensive.” The same teacher had praised a picture of Obama drawn by a different student in the class.

The student is 13-year-old Terrin Hathaway. The school is Gavilan View Middle School in Salinas in the Santa Rita school district.
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The girl’s mother told FOX News Radio that her daughter “had drawn the flag and was sketching the letters, ‘God bless America,’ when the teacher confronted her. She said, ‘You can’t draw that – that’s offensive.’” But another student in the same art class drew a picture of Obama and was praised by the teacher. “The picture of Barack Obama was in red, white and blue hues,” Hathaway said. “The teacher said it was great. But when it comes to the flag – all of a sudden it was offensive?”
Mrs. Hathaway said she took her concerns to the principal – and he was “floored” and apologized for what happened. He arranged a meeting with the Hathaways and the teacher. “My husband point-blank asked her what she found offensive about the picture – the American flag or the words, ‘God Bless America,’” Mrs. Hathaway said. “The teacher didn’t say a word.”
Mrs. Hathaway said, “But this was not a political class. This was not a religious class. This was an art class. My daughter wasn’t trying to break any rules and she wasn’t trying to create a scene. She was just expressing her view and saying this is America and I want God to bless it.”
Mike Brusa, the superintendent of schools, told FOX in a written statement that he had contacted the principal and that the issue “was taken care of to their (the parent’s) satisfaction.” But Hathaway said her daughter has yet to receive an apology – and in fact – the teacher told the girl that she should not have gotten her parents involved in the matter.
“My daughter felt like her rights were being trampled on – she was doing what she thought was right.” she said. “It’s disturbing. It really is disturbing. When I was in junior high we didn’t have a lot of the problems they are having now. We were allowed to speak our mind. It’s absolutely devastating for me. Last time I looked, this is America. This is still a free country.”
[Source: Education News]
Here’s contact info on Gavilan Middle School:

  • Principal: John Gutierrez
  • Address: 18250 Van Buren Avenue, Salinas, CA 93906-4300
  • Phone: (831) 443-7212
  • Fax: (831) 443-0908

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Dave
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That government union goon “teacher” needs to be fired.
The courts have long held that students have 1st Amendment rights when it comes to expression.
God, what is happening to our country? It seems as if it’s rapiidly coming unravelled.
-Dave

DCG
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DCG

Screw these aholes trying to destroy our country…fly your flag at home, wear American flags on your clothing. Heck, at this point I’m tempted to get an American flag tattooed on my forehead TAKE THAT!!

tina
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she needs to be canned!

Thomas Simmons
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Thomas Simmons

Per Hannity bid tonight, I bid $1,000 for the pic…to go to the T Hathaway College Fund…
She is my hero and makes me proud to be an American.
TES

bouldery
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bouldery

There is nothing wrong with drawing an American flag, but in all fairness, we are not reviewing the entire story. Timing is the real issue here. Students, who have never worn a flag on Independence Day decided to wear one on the day that Mexican Americans celebrated their heritage – Cinco de Mayo. Why did they suddenly decide on this particular day to show their patriotism? It is reasonable to believe that these students used our flag as a tool to protest a minority celebrating their heritage. It would be like me wearing an American and going to an Irish… Read more »

Dave
Editor

bouldery,
The reasons flags were drawn or worn don’t matter.
This is the United States of America, not North Korea (well, not yet, anyway) and we don’t suspend the Constitution for a day just because some people might be offffffffffended.
Besides, if the sight of an American flag in America is offensive to those who aren’t from here, then they can go back to wherever it is they came from, and they won’t be offended anymore.
-Dave

tina
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Boulder is a prime example of why our Country is in the mess we see today-

Dave
Editor

boulderhead,
Eowyn has just provided you with a very pointed lesson as to what happens when one starts screwing around with the rights of others to express themselves as they see fit, no matter whether you agree with them or not.
I sincerely hope you have learned something valuable here tonight, as it might just be the one thing that stands between you and becoming a permanent slave to the government.
Something tells me that concept is miles over your head, and you are having difficulty relating the two.
Think really hard, as it might just come to you.
-Dave

Ron
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Ron

Bouldery, I have not commented on this subject but feel I should throw in my two cents. You are right. The flags of all nationalities fly freely in this country. We are a nation of immigrants, legal immigrants. On Cinco De Mayo the Mexicans celebrate and honor their country and when I lived in Miami I went to the Cuban restaurants and helped them celebrate. At one of the restaurants we took a Cuban flag and an American flag and hung the American flag above the Cuban flag and no one had a problem with that. Those flags hanging there… Read more »