- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by three California high school students who argued their free-speech rights were violated when their school ordered them to remove American flag T-shirts worn on Cinco de Mayo.

Matt Dariano, Daniel Galli and Dominic Maciel, three white students at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, were told in 2010 that the shirts were considered a disruption due to a history of gang violence between whites and Hispanics at the school.

They were ordered to take off their shirts off or turn them inside out. Parents subsuquently filed a lawsuit on their behalf, Reuters reported.

The high court upheld the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling last year that the trio’s rights under the 14th Amendment — equal protection under the law — were not violated.

The Supreme Court declined to comment on the case, The Hill reported.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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