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Nov 15, 2010 6:56 am US/Pacific

Hundreds Rally For Teen After U.S. Flag Uproar


images_image_282165854.jpgBoy Says He Hopes School Official Isn't Fired Over Incident


images_image_282165854.jpgRAW: Supporters Sing National Anthem At Denair Flag Rally


DENAIR, Calif. (CBS13) ―Libertyand justice for all for a Denair teen after being told he shouldn't ride his flag-flying bike to school.


Cody Alicea hopped on his patriotic bike this morning and was escorted Denair Middle School by hundreds of motorcyclists who supported his right to fly the red-white-and-blue.


Dozens of people lined the streets as the noisy parade let by a smiling Cody made its way to the school. Once at the campus, even more people joined Cody to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The 13-year-old then shed some tears as the crowd started an impromptu rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.


The rally came about after school officials had told Cody he shouldn't ride his American flag-decorated bike to school because some students were offended.


The school's decision kicked up a firestorm of protest that spanned the country. Edward Parazz took full responsibility for what he called a big mistake, saying he understands why the furor erupted after 13-year-old Cody Alicea was told to leave his flag-decorated bike at home. "Apologies to all the veterans, all the Americans," Parazz said. "This is all on me. I didn't want this to happen to the community, the veterans, the whole country."


The district, now facing a lawsuit from a civil liberties group, says they'll make sure no other student is told they can't fly the American flag.


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