Educational Editorial: Respect & the good things we have

By Dr. Bill Bosher, NBC12 Educational Specialist

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - While California has some wonderful people, it also has its share of those who are misguided.

A 13-year old middle school student, Cody Alicia, frequently rides his bike to Denear Middle School. This past week he attached a United States flag to the back of his bike in honor of veterans like his grandfather.

He was not burning a flag, refusing to stand for it, or sowing it to the back of his pants, he was "flying" old glory to remember those who had give so much for those of us freely live under it.

School officials who had apparently studied neither educational law nor common sense told him that he had to stop.

When pressed, administrators said that flags had been a problem during a celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

When this reasoning seemed to lack credibility, they shifted their story to threats that Cody had received.

You can imagine the principal back peddling like he was riding Cody's bike. After the story took on a life of its own, the position of the school district gained new clarity.

Cody could "fly the flag" and the bullies would be disciplined.

My sister-in-law's mother, Mrs. Watkins. Everyone, even the children, called her "Sweetie."

She told the story of a young boy in her neighborhood.  One year she gave the boy a baseball glove for his birthday. After trying on the glove he exclaimed, "this is the worst glove I've ever seen."

Shocked and embarrassed, the dad quickly hustled him and his new glove into the house. Returning a few minutes later with a crack in his voice and a tear in his eye, he proudly said, "Sweetie, I just found out what a good glove this is."

Perhaps we should explain to some folks in California about what a good "glove they have."

It seems that at times some people look for new and creative ways to do inexplicable things.

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