Now, if the kids had wanted to burn the flag . . .

. . . that might have been an entirely different story.

Flag burning, that cherished right of the Left, is what you might expect in a story that pairs “incendiary” with “flag.” But in this case, no matches are needed. The flag image itself is viewed as a sort of desecration.

Michelle Malkin calls it “Reason number 10,999,976 to home school.”

Gateway Pundit:

Four students in the San Francisco area were sent home from school yesterday for wearing American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The administration said the T-shirts were “incendiary.”

Perhaps the patriotic clothing would have triggered violence among the high schoolers. But this kind of preemptive strike against self-expression is diametrically opposed to core American values. (Or are we all Canadians now?)  It’s especially disturbing when you look at the clothing that was banned by the kids’ keepers.

We’ve entered a pretty strange world when the image of an American flag is considered “incendiary” — in America.

Oh, wait a minute — this happened in the San Francisco area. Never mind.

New title: Four patriotic high school boys discovered in Bay area; baffled administrators resign in disgrace.

Edited to add this damning self-indictment from one of the boys:

Student Anthony Caravalho was also sent home for not turning his shirt inside out. “They said we had to wear our t-shirts inside out and then we could go back to class and we said no,” said Caravalho. “It would be disrespectful to the flag by hiding it.”

Cross-posted in the Green Room.