Perhaps you heard about a 13-year-old boy named Cody, his
bicycle, and his banned American flag. The story has been
covered by many media outlets, including Fox News.
Well, I want to tell you the rest of the story...
For the past several months, Cody Alicea regularly rode his
bike to school decorated with an American flag. He did it
because he loves his country and to honor veterans like
Just last week while at Denair Middle School in Denair,
California, Cody was confronted by a school administrator.
The official told Cody he could no longer display his
American flag on his bike while his bike was on school
Cody was told that others had complained about
the American flag and were offended by its
presence. The school Superintendent went so far
as to say that displaying the U.S. flag could
promote racial tensions on campus!
Under protest, Cody began removing the flag and storing it
in his backpack during school hours.
Sadly, stories like this usually end here, with students
like Cody intimidated into silence and denied their rights
by school officials who are either misinformed or
intentionally bullying our children.
But not this time...
Because, friends like you made it possible for Liberty Counsel
to intervene and defend Cody's rights!
In fact, within a few hours of the first attack on Cody's
rights, our Liberty Counsel team was already taking action.
Our staff issued a strongly-worded "Demand Letter" to the
Denair Unified School District challenging their
"Unconstitutional Censorship of Student Expression."
We demanded that the Superintendent reverse the decision
to ban Cody from displaying his American flag while riding
his bicycle on school property and reminded the school that
the Supreme Court has clearly affirmed that students do not
"shed their Constitutional rights of freedom of speech or
expression at the school house gate."
Liberty Counsel also offered to defend Cody's rights at no
charge and take the school district to court if necessary.
Suddenly, the school changed its tune! They dropped their
ban on the American flag - and Cody's dad credits Liberty
Counsel for causing the change:
"One day [school officials] didn't want to speak
to us and the next day they couldn't talk fast
enough to apologize. They thought we were going
to sue them. I believe this letter from Liberty
Counsel made a giant difference. The school
staff is very sorry now."
The next day, the news was filled with reports of a spontaneous,
patriotic celebration outside the school! A caravan of
flag-flying motorcyclists accompanied Cody to school,
where he was greeted by flag-waving classmates who joined
together to say the Pledge of Allegiance.