School administrators at a high school in Indio, California say they cannot do anything to prevent students from wearing symbols targeting the LGBT community.

Several students at Shadow Hills High School are wearing badges that cross-out the colors of the rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBT rights movement.

According to The Desert Sun, administrators claim the badges are protected speech.

“After consulting with district level personnel and our legal counsel, it was determined that these students do have the protected right to freedom of speech, just as students portraying rainbows in support of the LGBT would,” the administration wrote in a recent email to staff.

Shadow Hills is located 25 miles east of the liberal city of Palm Springs, which has elected three openly gay mayors, including its current mayor, Robert Moon.

While the students wearing the crossed-out rainbows have been told they cannot be disruptive, many students feel more needs to be done.

“[Students] are upset more has not been done,” the paper quotes history teacher Amy Oberman. “Yes, you can have your opinion, but when you target a group, you cross the line.”