Cody Alicea is a great kid because he is a kid that speaks for America. For 2 months Cody rode his bike to his Middle school in California with an American flag on it. Freedom week comes along and Cody was told that some students had complained and made threats and he could no longer ride his bike on the school grounds with the American flag attached to it.
Cody is a proud American kid that wanted to display the American flag to honor veterans just like all of us should. Cody said, “In this country we’re supposed to be free. And I should be able to wave my flag wherever I want to. And they’re telling me I can’t.” You’re right Cody and just like Obama way too many people and schools seem to be apologizing for being American. I guess some people think it is okay to burn the flag but you aren’t supposed to display it. Maybe if you had been running around with a gangster sign that would have been okay but an American flag no way!
The School Superintendent Edward Parraz said that some kids complained and threatened violence so they told Cody he would have to remove the flag from his bike. The superintendent said. “The First Amendment is important. We want the kids to respect it, understand it, and with that comes a responsibility.” The superintendent also said, “Our Hispanic, you know, kids will, you know, bring their Mexican flags and they’ll display it, and then of course the kids would do the American flag situation, and it does cause kind of a racial tension which we don’t really want.”
Mr. Parraz needs to get it in his big head that this is the United States and that responsibility also includes respecting the flag of the country you live in and not threatening violence. It also means that the school has to be responsible and handle the threats and not just do the easy thing. This kid Cody deserves lots of apologies and has a right to show that he loves America.
During Freedom week Cody was told to remove the American flag from his bike. Freedom week is the week that celebrates the coming down of the Berlin Wall, the Marines birthday and also Veterans day. I wonder if the school is so liberal that Freedom scares them?
I understand that Mr. Parraz did finally get a little bit smarter and a little bit braver when he decided to face up to the trouble makers and allow Cody to keep his flag on his bike.
I hope that Cody will come on Kids Speak for America and leave a comment or small article so people that don’t watch or listen to the news can get his point of view.