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    Default High School Students Suspended Over Border Patrol Shirt

    I heard this on the radio this morning, but I can't find any news reports about it, so take it with a big grain of salt. The story that I heard on the radio is that a local high school was playing a basketball game against a high school in Pueblo Colorado (I think that's about a 2 hour drive from Denver.) The local high school had provided a bus to transport kids to go watch the game. A couple of boys showed up wearing shirts that said "Border Patrol" on them, and were told that they could not get on the bus.

    At some point the cops got involved, I don't remember why, but eventually the boys drove themselves to the game in Pueblo, and watched the game without incident.

    According to the radio report, the boys were later suspended.

    Here is a couple of articles on written by the school. One of them does mention the boys talking to the police, but it doesn't mention whether or not they really were suspended (not surprisingly - they wouldn't reveal that in a school newsletter I'm sure.)

    http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/...5/Default.aspx
    http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/...tolerance.aspx

    Assuming that this all went down the way that it was reported on the radio, do you agree with the school's decision to not allow the boys on the bus, and then later suspend them?

    To give a little bit of background, Pueblo CO has a pretty high hispanic population, which may or may not have led to the boy's decision to wear "Border Patrol" shirts to the game.

    The argument that the radio commentator made was that the Border Patrol is an official law enforcement agency, so wearing those shirts should be no different than wearing a shirt that says "LAPD" or "Army Rangers" or whatever. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
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    Yep, I agree that they should not have been let on the bus and then suspended. I probably would have liked them to be banned from the game as well. They were being a$$holes. They wore the shirts (all at the same time) to be a$$holes. And the school has every right to not endorse their students a$$holishness.

    Yes, the Border Patrol is a gov't agency. But so is the LAPD, and would you have been ok with white kids wearing LAPD shirts after the LA riots? or how about kids wearing a Homeland Security t-shirt to a mosque. When a group of kids all wear the same thing, they are doing it for a purpose. What other purpose could there have been for them to wear a Border Patrol shirt to a game against a school with a high percentage of Hispanic students?

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    Lana, I agree. I think that when someone wears a Border Patrol shirt, ESPECIALLY when it's a whole group of people wearing it, and ESPECIALLY when they are wearing it to go to a basketball game at a rival school with a high Hispanic population, they are doing that purposefully to send a very clear message.

    Some people were calling in just outraged that the boys had been suspended. I think that it is pretty disingenuous of these people to act like the boys *weren't* putting out a clear message with their shirts, and to be outraged that the school picked up what they were laying down and acted on it. I agree that in context, a Border Patrol shirt is meant to be provocative - they were acting like little jerks and the school put the kabosh on it, plain and simple.
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    I would have no idea that this is offensive, at all. I mean, people wear shirts with Army and Navy on them all the time.

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    I'm deleting my post because even I don't know what I was really talking about.

    I don't like it, but I don't agree that they should have been kept off of the bus.
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    I still don't really understand. I'm trying, I swear!

    I don't know about the US Border Patrol, but my home country's is done by Customs, and that's as hard to get into as the army (and a lot of people cross between the two). Maybe it's just because Canada doesn't have the same border issues that I'm not getting this.

    I was thinking more about people wearing army/navy/marines t-shirts who are just doing it as a style thing, not because they are members. Isn't this comparable?

    Is this maybe like those ridiculous novelty t-shirts that say things like Panty Patrol and stuff, but with a racist edge rather than sexist?

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    I'm sorry I see nothing offensive about wearing a Border Patrol shirt. Here in Texas it is common to see Border Patrol agents, and I don't see how wearing those shirts was any different than say wearing a Texas state trooper tshirt or Dallas Police shirt. I think Border Patrol agents should be proud of what they do and banning these students is almost like saying that they should be ashamed of their job. They are many times putting their life on the line to protect ours, just like the Border Patrol agent that was killed with guns that our ATF agents allowed to go across the border.
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    I think you have to look at how many boys did this and WHY they did it. . .what statement were they trying to make. Do they have parents who work as Border Patrol agents and wanted to show their pride? Or did they do it to intimidate foreign students and imply a "go home" message to them? I don't know from the articles posted, but my guess is that the school got a loud & clear message that it was the second, and didn't feel comfortable with it. But without more info, it is hard to say.

    If you go to an event with a large immigrant population and wear a Border Patrol t-shirt, you are making a pretty clear statement, especially if you do it in a group so that it stands out and intimidates.

    If you just wear a Border Patrol t-shirt out of pride of someone in your family or someone you respect, and it's not a coordinated effort, and you're just walking around town, it is a different thing.
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    So if a bunch of kids wore a DEA shirt to a school that is known to have drug problems that would be offensive? I think it offensive to Border Patrol agents who put their lives on the line that these boys were thrown off the bus.
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    Come on....Context people.

    It was an offensive thing to do. How can you not see that?

    Glad the bus didn't take them. I do think the suspension might have been overboard, considering when it happened. However I'm not heartbroken about it or anything.
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