Bikers Rally to Ride With Boy After School Banned American Flag


After his Sacramento, Calif., school told him to remove the American flag from his bicycle, Cody Alicea, 13, received an amazing surprise when hundreds of patriotic bikers — many of them veterans — showed up to escort him to school Monday morning:

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Stanislaus student gets apology over US flag flap

The Associated Press

DENAIR, Calif.—A Stanislaus County school official has apologized to a student who was told to remove an American flag from the back of his bicycle.

Last week, a supervisor at Denair Middle School told 13-year-old Cody Alicea to remove the flag over concerns for the teen’s safety. Officials say some students had made threatening remarks amid racial tensions stemming from the display of a Mexican flag during Cinco de Mayo.

Cody’s stepfather called local media, and a civil rights group threatened to sue the district for First Amendment violations.

The Modesto Bee reports that Denair schools Superintendent Ed Parraz later apologized to Cody and community members who were upset by the flag flap.

On Monday morning, several hundred people gathered for a rally to celebrate Cody’s victory.