Cody Alicea, a 13-year-old Stanislaus County boy at the center of a flag controversy, got a big show of support on Monday.
A Sacramento area school district employee reported receiving death threats after national media coverage of a recent American flag ban story.
The employee did not wish to be identified, but said ever since the school district made national news because of the recent flag flap, teachers and school administrators have been threatened.
"From the teachers, I know they are taking precautions," the employee told KCRA. "I know police have been involved. They are doing safety measures."
KCRA in Sacramento was the first to break the story about 13-year-old Cody Alicea, a Denair Middle School student who was told last week that he couldn't fly an American flag on the back of his bicycle while on school grounds. Officials expressed concern over safety after racial tension arose on Cinco de Mayo.
The school has relaxed its stance and allowed the teen to keep the flag on his bike at school, but KCRA confirmed on Wednesday that at least two school board trustees have been targeted.
Eleven-year trustee Louisa Allen said she has received nasty letters and possibly one threat telling her to get out of the country.
Board trustee Robert Hodges said he received several death threats through e-mail, but took them as "nut jobs" and didn't report them to authorities.
Alicea's parents said the news of the threats is a surprise to them.
"I'm completely against that. That is not what this is about," said Alicea's father, Robert Kisner. "This is about the God-given rights we have in this country."
The school is located in Denair, in Stanislaus County, and has a population of about 3,400 people.