School Principal Contacts FBI After Student Throws American Flag Out A Window

from the perhaps-the-most-'Murica-thing-that-has-ever-happened dept

In the stupidest case of school administrators taking federal agencies' names in vain since a Huntsville, AL school swore a phone call from the NSA prompted its secret social media monitoring program, a middle school principal from Espanola, NM is threatening to sic the FBI on a student who threw an American flag out a classroom window.

A middle school principal said a student was misbehaving with his friends and took things too far. The student threw an American flag out a second-story classroom window. Now the principal says the 14-year-old needs to be held accountable.
Sure, maybe a stern discussion with him and his parents and a couple of weeks of detention would do the trick. But that's not enough for Principal Robert Archuleta. He has already suspended the student for 10 days and is now pushing for his expulsion. But he also wants the feds to take control of the situation... because jingoism.
“He says, ‘Because I was just messing around,’ and he started to laugh,” Archuleta said. “Then the other kids were laughing, the kids that were with him. ‘There goes the flag.’ That was his last statement.”

The principal is a veteran. His father is also a veteran who fought in World War II.

“A lot of men have died over [the flag], men and women,” Archuleta said. “We fought to keep our country safe and to keep it free.”
Well, let's stop you right there, Robert. Nobody "died over the flag." The flag is a symbol of this country and what it stands for, but it is not what people die "over." They die defending this country and the freedoms it affords its citizens -- among them being the right to throw a flag out the window. It's not as starkly effective as burning it, but it's pretty much the same thing.

Archuleta believes this amounts to the federal crime of desecrating the flag… except that no such law exists. Sure, legislators who also mistakenly believe they've sent people off to "die over the flag" have repeatedly tried to pass laws making this a crime, and they have repeatedly been told "please stop doing this" by the Supreme Court. These same misguided lawmakers have also sought to dodge the court system entirely by proposing Constitutional amendments to the same effect, but have yet to see these ratified.

So, turning this student over to the FBI to be "held responsible" for a non-existent crime will be completely fruitless and only side benefit will be the entertainment it provides to those who enjoy watching fools prove themselves foolish. (Which, granted, is a lot of us...)
The FBI told KRQE News 13 they haven’t yet received the complaint yet, but if a federal crime was committed they will investigate and turn the results over to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
But there hasn't been, so it won't. All that will happen is that Archuleta will continue to make one student's life completely miserable because he doesn't seem to comprehend nothing more than a personally-offensive incident has taken place. And he's apparently willing to wrap himself in the now-dusty flag to do it. Loving your country is one thing. Assuming it won't be able to weather this 14-year-old's assault on one of its many symbols without federal intervention is quite another. And using your misguided patriotism as the impetus for punishments that far outweigh the non-crime is an abuse of the power granted to you by the public.

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    RadioactiveSmurf (profile), 12 Feb 2015 @ 1:49pm

    If he love this country so much he should be fighting to protect first amendment rights. Especially those he doesn't agree with as those need the most protection.

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    rw (profile), 12 Feb 2015 @ 1:52pm

    "And using your misguided patriotism as the impetus for punishments that far outweigh the non-crime is an abuse of the power granted to you by the public."

    But perfectly fine for a totalitarian regime.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Feb 2015 @ 2:45pm

    How do you throw out a flag

    Serious question here. When flags are all worn out and need to be replaced, where does this guy prescribe that they be disposed of? Perhaps he thinks they are sent to silently hang forever in some giant Raiders-of-the-Last-Ark warehouse.

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      Anonymous Coward, 12 Feb 2015 @ 2:54pm

      Re: How do you throw out a flag

      In the boy scouts, we had a ceremony for burning flags that were too worn or faded to be useful.

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      drjimmy, 12 Feb 2015 @ 3:54pm

      Re: How do you throw out a flag

      Flags that are retired are ceremoniously burned. Been there, done that.

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      Jay (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 1:20am

      Re: How do you throw out a flag

      Contact your local VFW or American Legion. They have member that will take the flag and Do a proper Respectful Burning of the flag in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code.

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      Anonymous Coward, 13 Feb 2015 @ 5:48am

      Re: How do you throw out a flag

      i will add this, it *USED* to be that you took the flag down at sunset (as a sign of 'respect', etc); BUT, since we are such lazy 'patriots' (*cough*cough*), that was so-o-o-o hard, so now everyone let's them fly 24/7/365...
      NOT because that tradition changed, but because we couldn't be bothered, *THAT'S* how much we love 'murika...
      blowhard, spittle-flecked 'patriots' are the worst...

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        Anonymous Coward, 13 Feb 2015 @ 8:02am

        Re: Re: How do you throw out a flag

        ...it *USED* to be that you took the flag down at sunset...

        If you didn't have a light illuminating it.

        (Yes, how many of us have a light illuminating our flag(s) at night?)

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        Jay (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 10:49am

        Re: Re: How do you throw out a flag

        My Flag Flies 24/7. It is properly lit from dusk til dawn. When my flag needs to be ritired, It is properly folded and taken to the VFW for destruction. My Flag is flown at Half Mast on Veterans Day and Memorial Day and appropriate days of mourning.

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          David, 14 Feb 2015 @ 8:52am

          Re: Re: Re: How do you throw out a flag

          My Flag is flown at Half Mast on Veterans Day and Memorial Day and appropriate days of mourning.

          Like when another report about a three-letter agency wiping their ass with the Constitution makes the frontpages?

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        nasch (profile), 16 Feb 2015 @ 7:53am

        Re: Re: How do you throw out a flag

        i will add this, it *USED* to be that you took the flag down at sunset (as a sign of 'respect', etc); BUT, since we are such lazy 'patriots' (*cough*cough*), that was so-o-o-o hard, so now everyone let's them fly 24/7/365...

        The tradition is to EITHER take the flag down OR light it at night. It is by nature not obvious who is leaving unlit flags up at night. ;-)

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      Pablo, 14 Feb 2015 @ 1:42am

      Re: How do you throw out a flag

      Flags that are worn beyond proper service condition are typically turned over to the Boy Scouts, American Legion, or a myriad of other veteran's groups that perform a proper, ceremonial burning.

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    Max (profile), 12 Feb 2015 @ 2:51pm

    One more retard who doesn't understand that respect can never, never, NEVER be "commanded" but only earned (or, in the case of such inanimate things - acquired as appreciation)...

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      Pablo, 14 Feb 2015 @ 1:45am

      Re:

      And are you just "one more retard" that doesn't understand that if you aren't willing to defend something (like the teacher with his flag) then you really don't respect it in the first place?

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        nasch (profile), 16 Feb 2015 @ 7:56am

        Re: Re:

        And are you just "one more retard" that doesn't understand that if you aren't willing to defend something (like the teacher with his flag) then you really don't respect it in the first place?

        Defending something you care about is fine, but this is an abuse of power.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Feb 2015 @ 2:52pm

    Not even northkorea treats its flags with such insane love. Seriously, whats the flags per capita in the US?

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    bob, 12 Feb 2015 @ 2:59pm

    freedom of speech, wll covered by penn and teller

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    Greevar (profile), 12 Feb 2015 @ 3:01pm

    Nobody "died over the flag."

    You'd be wrong about that. In the war of 1812, men defending fort McHenry from a British attack put themselves in the path of cannons that were trying to knock down the American flag. Their corpses were all that kept that flag from touching the ground, and those were the events that became the lyrics for the Star Spangled Banner.

    That said, dying over a flag is a foolish gesture. Someone dying to defend principles and liberty are a different thing entirely. To take offense at the abuse of a flag is just silly. The flag is not sacred, but people are. Anyone who abuses a flag should not be ostracized for the flag. Instead, they should be reprimanded the same as anyone who would vandalize a building. Conversely, anyone that abuses a flag out of grievance with the government it represents should actually be called a patriot. That's what patriotism is, telling the government that they are infringing your fundamental rights.

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      OldMugwump (profile), 12 Feb 2015 @ 6:02pm

      Re: Fort McHenry

      ...and a majority of Congress appears to have decided that this instance of soldiers literally dying for the flag was worthy and wonderful enough to become the topic of the national anthem.

      Whereas I look at as a foolish waste of life - as George S. Patton said, "No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."

      But, to paraphrase Mark Twain, that's why it's called "Congress". Because it's the opposite of "Progress".

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      Sheriff Fatman, 12 Feb 2015 @ 11:58pm

      Re:

      In the war of 1812, men defending fort McHenry from a British attack put themselves in the path of cannons that were trying to knock down the American flag.

      Could that have been not so much love for a piece of cloth, but because a dropped flag was a sign of surrender ("striking the colours"; also see, "nailing one's colours to the mast")?

      My only knowledge in this area comes from reading Patrick O'Brian novels, so I'm happy to admit I may be talking mince.

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        Mason Wheeler (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 6:55am

        Re: Re:

        No, that's correct. From ancient days, the flag has been a visible rallying point and a symbol of the strength of one's army, and capturing an enemy flag was considered a great feat of valor.

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          ltlw0lf (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 11:33am

          Re: Re: Re:

          No, that's correct. From ancient days, the flag has been a visible rallying point and a symbol of the strength of one's army, and capturing an enemy flag was considered a great feat of valor.

          Even further, during the American Civil War, a flag barer or also known as color barer and color guard (who were responsible for keeping the color barer safe, but often failed, and if the color barer was lost, they stepped in to take the position,) was a very esteemed and privileged and also very deadly position. Your job was to keep the flag flying at all costs, and when you lost yours, another flag barer would step forward to take the position. Flag barers couldn't fight back, as their hands kept the flag flying and thus couldn't manipulate their weapons.

          It is the main reason why military and civilian barers are flanked by color guard with ceremonial weapons today...

          However, the best way to fix this disrespect for the flag is through talk, not through locking the person up and preventing them from getting an education. Teach them why the flag is so important, and why so many people died *under*, not over, the flag. They didn't die for the flag, they died for their brother or sister, or the ideal of America. The kid probably hasn't had a good influence in their life to sit them down and show them what it really means.

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            nasch (profile), 16 Feb 2015 @ 8:24am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Color bearer, not barer.

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            OneNemesis, 25 Feb 2015 @ 5:19pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            "Bare" means uncovered or without cover, or to disclose without hiding (the bare facts).
            A flag BEARER carries the flag. "Bear" means to carry something (a burden, a child, a flag, some object)

            PLEASE USE THE CORRECT WORDS!

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        Anonymous Coward, 18 Feb 2015 @ 2:09pm

        Re: Re:

        Yes and no - if the colours were knocked away, that wouldn't be taken as a sign of surrender, especially if they were put back up straight away.

        Even abroad a ship, if he colours were taken down by the attacker, it didn't mean the entire ship's company had surrendered, it just changed the legal status of the ship itself (which was important for the laws regarding salvage and prizes). If the defending captain ordered the colours struck, that was in implicit order to surrender, but even that didn't prohibit an attempt to recapture the ship later (exactly how much later was legal depends on who won).

        In the case of Fort McHenry, it wouldn't have made any real difference anyway, because the British weren't really interested in the fort (unless they could destroy it easily), they just wanted to raid Baltimore and cut out or burn the shipping.

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), 12 Feb 2015 @ 3:16pm

    This principle could have used this as an opportunity to educate (odd concept for a supposed educator to be sure) the students about the history and significance of the flag. Instead we get this ridiculous buffoonery.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Feb 2015 @ 3:18pm

    Oh great, flag fetishists.

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    DB (profile), 12 Feb 2015 @ 3:24pm

    Be careful that you don't mistake an inspirational story for historical truth.

    Even when men have dropped their weapons to pick up a flag, it doesn't mean quite what is claimed -- that the flag was so important that it mustn't touch the ground.

    Flags were an important signaling device in battle. Before radio, the best way to communicate was often with flags. A flag flying over an island fort let the city know that it was still defended. A fallen flag would trigger an evacuation or surrender.

    But... only four people died in the Ft. McHenry battle that inspired the Star Spangled banner. That could hardly count as a pile of corpses.

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward, 12 Feb 2015 @ 3:27pm

    Well there's the problem

    The principle of a high school, charged with teaching our children, and he does not even understand the Constitution, which is basic for every civic class, or should be.

    It was probably true of the teachers and principles that were in charge of his education, or obvious lack there of.

    They only seem to see the stick, and not the carrot, when it comes to discipline. Being a veteran, one would think he learned something of leadership, which he apparently forgot when he mustered out.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 12 Feb 2015 @ 3:30pm

    Or...

    School Principal Throws American Constitution Out Window After Student Throws American Flag Out Window

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    FamilyManFirst (profile), 12 Feb 2015 @ 3:33pm

    Obligatory Princess Bride quote

    “A lot of men have died over [the flag], men and women,” Archuleta said. “We fought to keep our country safe and to keep it free.”

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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    Guardian, 12 Feb 2015 @ 3:33pm

    @8

    and that would be why when evenly matched with tech your nation could never win any war

    hi from canada , the winner of 1812

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    Guardian, 12 Feb 2015 @ 3:35pm

    and ....

    and free from what? see edward snowden how free americans really are.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Feb 2015 @ 3:52pm

    If they didn't want people desecrating the flag, they should start by not being the reason why.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Feb 2015 @ 4:10pm

    "A moth-eaten rag on a worm-eaten pole,
    It does not look likely to stir a man's soul,
    'Tis the deeds that were done 'neath the moth-eaten rag,
    When the pole was a staff, and the rag was a flag."

    - Sir Edward Hamly

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Feb 2015 @ 4:17pm

    I propose that February 12th be declared national 'throw the flag out the window' day.

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    Val Valerian, 12 Feb 2015 @ 4:17pm

    Problem Principal

    The fact that this principal has this little 'movie' about 'patriotism' going IN HIS HEAD doesn't give him any right to bother anyone else. The principals office is also apparently the last refuge of scoundrels. Kids will be kids, especially when authoritarian control freaks with psychological problems want to continually impose themselves on younger, more vulnerable people under various guises of 'concern' .... sounds like the principal is a narcissist. Also, as George Carlin said one time ... symbols are for the symbol-minded.

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      Pablo, 14 Feb 2015 @ 1:49am

      Re: Problem Principal

      So, in other words, never tell students what to do, and let them do whatever they want, whenever they want.

      Yes, I'm sure that will work splendidly.

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    Zonker, 12 Feb 2015 @ 4:29pm

    ... Archuleta said. “We fought to keep our country safe and to keep it free.”
    Principal/Veteran Robert Archuleta should face an ex post facto dishonorable discharge for attacking those very freedoms he claims to have fought for and violating his Oath of Enlistment:
    § 502. Enlistment oath: who may administer

    (a) Enlistment Oath.— Each person enlisting in an armed force shall take the following oath:
    "I, (state name of enlistee), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

    (b) Who May Administer.— The oath may be taken before the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary of Defense, any commissioned officer, or any other person designated under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense."
    As the Supreme Court has ruled that "desecration of the flag" is protected under the First Amendment, his oath to support and defend the Constitution has been broken.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Feb 2015 @ 5:00pm

    Would have been far more effective to ask him how he felt about wasting his time defending a country that didn't care about its people or its vets and have shit on everything he went to war for at every turn.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Feb 2015 @ 5:07pm

    Teacher needs to be taught.

    So in order to protect a symbol, representing the country in a only visual way, this genius decides that the best way to act is to throw out the fundamentals of what makes America the country it is (or supposed to).
    A damned principal should know that it wasn't a piece of cloth he fought for, but what it represents... which is exactly what he, not so subtly, is stomping on.

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    got_runs? (profile), 12 Feb 2015 @ 6:33pm

    >_

    The symbol minded and their flags.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Feb 2015 @ 6:45pm

    Someone like that shouldn't be in a position of authority.. ever

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Feb 2015 @ 7:11pm

    The FBI? Really? Why not call in the Secret Service too? The student disrespected the American flag, ergo he is clearly a terrorist. Better add him to the no-fly list for good measure. No, wait, we clearly need to send a strong message in this case. Let's ship him off to some shithole and drone strike the little prick...
    Jokes aside, this idiot principal is attempting to ruin the life of a student over a non-crime. I really hope the parents contact the ACLU and sue the school district. Their refusal to step in and correct the situation makes them just as guilty. Perhaps writing a few large checks will help provide some clarity...

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    Votre (profile), 12 Feb 2015 @ 7:36pm

    The fact that this misguided and immature child has no respect for our democratic institutions or the Constitution is bad enough. But to then make him a school principal is inexcusable.

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    You're a Grand Old Flag, 12 Feb 2015 @ 7:37pm

    Cushing you're a goddamned fool

    Of coruse men have died for the American flag and every national flag ever thrown.

    An ensign falling on the battlefield was tantamount to defeat. Have you never wondered at the meaning of the four stanzas of "The Star Spangled Banner"???

    Ignorance is bad enough. Militant ignorance, from a slacker no less, is intolerable.

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      Anonymous Coward, 13 Feb 2015 @ 12:35am

      Re: Cushing you're a goddamned fool

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      John Fenderson (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 9:05am

      Re: Cushing you're a goddamned fool

      "Of coruse men have died for the American flag and every national flag ever thrown."

      That's funny, and here I thought they were dying for their nation.

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        Pablo, 14 Feb 2015 @ 1:52am

        Re: Re: Cushing you're a goddamned fool

        The Flag is considered to be the embodiment of our nation and it's value. To a veteran, and any good citizen, they are one and the same.

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          David, 14 Feb 2015 @ 8:56am

          Re: Re: Re: Cushing you're a goddamned fool

          So whenever the president drags the Constitution through the mud, a veteran and any good citizen will drag the flag through the mud as well?

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          Anonymous Coward, 14 Feb 2015 @ 6:03pm

          Re: Re: Re: Cushing you're a goddamned fool

          The Flag is considered to be the embodiment of our nation and it's value.
          No, the flag is a symbol, not a strictly defined embodiment of formally described values. The flag 'means' different things in different contexts: it can represent the Constitution, the military, the current government, veterans, unjust laws, hypocrisy, corruption, a particular war, war in general, or a plain ol' geographic area.

          Hell, 'desecrating' the flag doubles the potential symbolic mismatch: not only may two people have different ideas of what the flag symbolizes at any given point, but burning a flag may as well. Does the burning represent a rejection of what is symbolized, or does it represent the idea that others (usually the government) are themselves destroying what is symbolized?

          The kid in the story tossed a symbol of authority out the window. The principal is the highest authority in the school, and may have taken it as a personal insult while hiding behind a veneer of 'patriotism.' Or it might've all been something completely different.

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          orbitalinsertion (profile), 16 Feb 2015 @ 8:05am

          Re: Re: Re: Cushing you're a goddamned fool

          Oh. It's like a Catholic Communion wafer. Gotcha. Magic.

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          John Fenderson (profile), 17 Feb 2015 @ 9:22am

          Re: Re: Re: Cushing you're a goddamned fool

          "To a veteran, and any good citizen, they are one and the same."

          That's just crazy talk. The flag is a symbol, not a nation. Further, precisely what meaning the flag holds depends on the context in which it appears. They are not even close to being one and the same.

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    Dave Barnes, 12 Feb 2015 @ 8:01pm

    Grammar Nazi Alert

    Española and not Espanola.
    While the principal may be an idiot, the city has not forgotten its tilde.

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    That One Guy (profile), 12 Feb 2015 @ 8:39pm

    'People died for your freedoms! Just, you know, not the ones I don't like.'

    “A lot of men have died over [the flag], men and women,” Archuleta said. “We fought to keep our country safe and to keep it free.

    I wonder if he even realizes what he said there. He claims that people fought and died to keep the country free, yet not, apparently, free to express your opinion, one of the most important freedoms around.

    The student may have tossed a flag out the window, but by his actions, it's the principal that's showing such massive contempt for it, and the people who died for what it's meant to stand for.

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      Pablo, 14 Feb 2015 @ 1:58am

      Re: 'People died for your freedoms! Just, you know, not the ones I don't like.'

      Yes, it is the student's right to be an utter asshole. It is your right to defend him in a similar manner. And it's the teacher's and principal's right to be offended by the little dirtbag.

      The problem here, is that it's always been considered to be an additional duty of our educators to install our children with a bit of civic knowledge, duty and pride. But those things just aren't "cool" anymore, and seen as downright oppressive. Right up to the point that assholes like this think that their precious freedoms have been infringed.

      If you like those freedoms so damned much, than have just one grams worth of balls to stand up to the douchebags that want to piss on the very thing that symbolizes them.

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        That One Guy (profile), 14 Feb 2015 @ 8:56am

        Re: Re: 'People died for your freedoms! Just, you know, not the ones I don't like.'

        The student threw a flag out the window, but it's the principal who's showing such glaring contempt for what it stands for, so I'm not sure you're aiming those 'utter asshole' and 'little dirtbag' remarks at the right person.

        You don't honor the sacrifice of those that fought and died to defend the freedoms of those from their home country, by attempting to punish someone for exercising those freedoms in a manner that you happen to disapprove of, as long as in so doing they aren't harming anyone(feelings don't count).

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    avideogameplayer, 12 Feb 2015 @ 8:40pm

    A flag is a symbol and I leave symbols to the symbol minded...-George Carlin

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    tracyanne (profile), 12 Feb 2015 @ 9:30pm

    That's quite a fall,

    was the flag harmed? or just some dick head's feelings?

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      Pablo, 14 Feb 2015 @ 2:00am

      Re: That's quite a fall,

      Pretty sure his feelings got somehow infringed. That's what lead him to throw the flag out the window in the first place.

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    David, 13 Feb 2015 @ 12:49am

    I cannot blame the principal

    “A lot of men have died over [the flag], men and women,” Archuleta said. “We fought to keep our country safe and to keep it free.”

    And now all that is left is the flag. Can you blame him for not wanting to have that taken away as well?

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      That One Guy (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 1:07am

      I most certainly can

      Yes, I can blame him. Because they didn't die for a flag, they died for what it stands for, the ideals it represents, and if he's going to claim that they died to protect people's freedoms, attempting to stomp on or restrict those freedoms is to do a disservice to those that fought and died.

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        Not an Electronic Rodent (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 1:32pm

        Re: I most certainly can

        they died for what it stands for, the ideals it represents
        Maybe I missed, but I read David's post as facetious... If I'd died for either the US or UK I see today I know I'd be pretty pissed off... hence the "flag is all that's left" comment perhaps?

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Feb 2015 @ 3:22am

    Im off two minds

    One of them being if the kid chucked the flag protesting what america has become, then give him a damn medal

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Feb 2015 @ 3:27am

    “A lot of men have died over the flag"

    Many people died over the whims of LEADERS.......who MANIPULATE peoples good nature

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    Cliff, 13 Feb 2015 @ 5:39am

    People who enjoy waving flags...

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    DNY (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 7:26am

    Metonymy is lost on some

    The article is pretty much spot on, except for the harping on the phrase "die over the flag" (I think the usual phrase is "die for the flag").

    Have you really never heard of the rhetorical device of metonymy? To die for the flag is to die for what the flag represents. Now you may be a pacifist and find the notion morally objectionable, or an anti-militarist and hold the notion in contempt, but don't feign stupidity and act as if you don't understand a classical rhetorical device.

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      John Fenderson (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 9:08am

      Re: Metonymy is lost on some

      But it's not just a rhetorical device, or the principal wouldn't have treated a relatively innocuous act as if it were a federal crime, and people would not have been arrested for things like flag-burning, etc.

      That actual fact is that there is a portion of the population for whom it's not rhetorical at all. They see the physical flag as being some kind of holy relic.

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    Just Another Anonymous Troll, 13 Feb 2015 @ 8:10am

    the principal says the 14-year-old needs to be held accountable.
    Want him to be accountable? Bill him for damages. Kids being (idiot) kids are not something that even needs to rise to the local law enforcement level, much less the FBI who have important things to do like fake terrorist plots.

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    John Fenderson (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 8:58am

    One of the freedoms that people have died for

    One of the freedoms that people have died for is the freedom to to do anything you like to a piece of cloth that happens to have red and white stripes with a star-spangled field of blue. That includes burning it, shredding it, defenestrating it, and so forth just as much as it includes pledging allegiance to it.

    In this particular case, the student did not own the flag in question, so the student might be guilty of vandalism -- but that's a different issue entirely that has nothing to do with it being a flag, and the FBI would be immensely uninterested in it.

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      David, 14 Feb 2015 @ 9:00am

      Re: One of the freedoms that people have died for

      The Americans are funny in that they have more of a problem with people vandalizing a physical flag or copy of the Constitution than they have with president and government vandalizing what it stands for.

      But without what it stands for, all that is left is a piece of cloth or paper.

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 3:12pm

    So this just helps prove the concept that our freedoms are just an illusion and the truth is that you only have the rights someone with power says you have.

    He has set the bar for expulsion pretty low, and one wonders how many children will end up expelled before they wise up and expel him from his position.

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    Bill Stewart, 13 Feb 2015 @ 4:42pm

    Litterin'..... And creatin' a disturbance.

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    Don_Fitch, 13 Feb 2015 @ 8:23pm

    Flag Code

    Yup, it's against the Flag Code to use the American Flag to support anything. And at many American Indian Powwows you're likely to see one or more old women, during Veterans' Songs, dancing in the Arena holding folded flags as cushions supporting a picture of a young man (or, nowadays, maybe a woman) in uniform, and some medals & ribbons. If you go out there and complain about her disrespect,... I'm nor sure, but I think I'd go out and bash you alongside the head: I'm a Veteran who spent about 8 months On The Line in Korea, c. 1951 and have become a Grumpy Old Man who might do things like that.

    And yeah, the kid did something stupid. 14-year-olds do things like that. The School Principal did something more stupid, and is old enough to know better.

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    Jay (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 9:31pm

    I agree that the principal was and likely still is an Idiot. I also see nothing disrespectful in using AA properly folded American Flag to honor one our fellow Service Members Living or Dead as you described. I am a Retired Navy Veteran from the Viet Nam - Desert Storm era. BTW thank you for your Service.

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    Sam, 5 Apr 2015 @ 5:55am

    Memorial Day 2015

    Absolute great way to celebrate this.

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    upload, 11 Aug 2015 @ 11:10am

    A flag BEARER carries the flag. "Bear" means to carry something (a burden, a child, a flag, some object)

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    Remembrance Day, 7 Oct 2015 @ 5:47am

    Remembrance Day

    Lets remember this special day

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    Anik singal review, 10 Oct 2015 @ 2:48am

    publish academy

    Bare- which means (uncovered or without cover)

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