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Should girl be allowed to wear Mexican shirt to school in support of World Cup team?

June 27, 2010 | 10:15 am

Many people in Southern California are rooting for the Mexican team in the World Cup.

The Times' Hector Becerra examined how this has brought the Mexican flag out of political exile. After years of activists urging immigration rights marchers to use the American flag, the Mexican flag is back in vogue as hundreds root for the Mexican team.


But there is now a controversy brewing in Big Bear. The mother of a Big Bear Middle School student is demanding an investigation after she said a teacher berated her daughter for wearing a Mexican T-shirt to school. According to the mother, the teacher asked if she was an illegal immigrant. The girl, in fact, was wearing the shirt to support the Mexican team.

"Basically, she put her down in front of the whole class," mother Diana Aviles told the San Bernardino Sun.

Some immigration rights groups have also gotten involved in the controversy, reported the Big Bear Grizzly, and the school district has vowed an investigation.

Should there be limits in how much we support our World Cup team? Share your thoughts below.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: The Mexican flag. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times