Despite raising a fence to keep out protesters, a group of about 30 people waving American flags showed up at Live Oak High School in the California community of Morgan Hill, the San Jose Mercury News reported Monday. Twitchy reported that a number of leftists decided the patriotic display of U.S. flags on American soil on Cinco de Mayo, however, constituted racism in a number of tweets, most of which are too profane to quote here directly.
"Shout out to the racist (expletive deleted) adults, so-called Patriots who are posted up at Live Oak HS in Morgan Hill protesting Cinco de Mayo," one person tweeted.
"Hey Folks in Morgan Hill. You have some racist neighbors," another person added.
Another person said he would always be proud of the Mexican flag, but never the U.S. flag. According to that Twitter user, those displaying the flag are racists.
According to the Mercury News, police provided "tight security" for students arriving at school Monday. CBS said the fence was erected after calls for demonstrations and counter-demonstrations. Rumors also spread that a group of motorcyclists would also appear.
"Usually when you put up a fence, it’s a barrier. And, we interpret it as a barrier to keep out the first amendment,” said Georgine Scott-Codiga, president of the Gilroy-Morgan Hill Patriots. “I don’t believe there’s any need in America to suppress a national symbol of patriotism and freedom."
But it seems that's exactly what some want to do. KRON reporter Will Tran, however, said in a tweet that according to the local school superintendent, students will not be kicked out for wearing an American flag.
The protest was sparked by an incident in 2010, when four boys wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo were told to turn the shirts inside-out, or go home. The school, meanwhile, was decked out in Mexican flags. A recent court case suggested student safety trumps the First Amendment right to free speech.
Police said Monday there were no counter-protests, and the flag-wavers were cooperative.
“Despite the contrary message that has been depicted, there will be no counter-protest. Both groups conducting demonstrations on Cinco de Mayo – Gilroy-Morgan Hill Patiots and We the People Morgan Hill – have worked cooperatively with law enforcement, the school district land each other," authorities said in a press release.