Wednesday, February 24, 2010

police escort student from class after refusing to pledge allegiance

police escort student from class after refusing to pledge allegiancefrom raw story: A middle school teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland, will have to apologize to a 13-year-old student after yelling at her and having her escorted out of class by school police when the student refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to the ACLU of Maryland, a 13-year-old female student at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance on Jan. 27. The teacher reportedly ordered the girl out into the hallway, where he threatened the girl with detention and then sent her to the school counselor's office.

The next day, when the student again refused to stand for the pledge, the teacher called school officers to remove her from the classroom and take her to the counselor's office once again.

"When the student’s mother reached out to an assistant principal for help in dealing with the teacher’s abusive and improper actions, the official said her daughter should instead apologize for her 'defiance.' The student did apologize, twice," the ACLU states.

The right to sit silently during the Pledge of Allegiance has been held up by the US Supreme Court, and is enshrined in Maryland state law and Mongtomery County Public Schools' own policies, reports the Washington Post.

"No one will be permitted to intentionally embarrass you if you choose not to participate," says the school district's handbook, according to TheGazette.net in Maryland.

The ACLU and the girl's mother declined to identify the girl. They say the student, now 14, has been "traumatized" by the experience, including taunting from fellow students, and has not returned to the school since the incident.

Neither the ACLU nor the school district would identify the teacher involved.


The girl's mother says the way the teacher "bellowed" at her daughter was inappropriate and the school should take disciplinary action against the teacher, reports TheGazette.net.

"It's an even bigger problem because he did it to a child in front of a group of other children," the mother said. "On top of that, the school didn't protect her. I thought they would protect her, and that's why I let her go to that school. I was disappointed."

The turning point evidently came when the ACLU of Maryland sent a letter (PDF) to the school district asking for an apology.


"Expression of patriotism in unsettling times certainly is a worthy and understandable emotion," the letter stated. "But, as the Supreme Court recognizes, that expression is best honored by venerating the civil liberties and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution and not by losing patience with those whose views or actions do not conform to those of the majority."

The teacher's actions were "a violation of our regulations, and we're in the process of rectifying the situation," Montgomery Public Schools spokesperson Dana Tofig told TheGazette.net. Tofig said the teacher would apologize to the student, but would not say if any disciplinary action would be taken against the teacher.


The president of the county's teachers' union, Doug Prouty, told the Washington Examiner that he supports the move to have the teacher apologize. "My initial thought is yes, but we would need to know all of the details," Prouty said.

School officials say several conflicts involving the Pledge of Allegiance arise every year in Maryland, but most are resolved quietly.


update: thanks to red ice creations for posting this story

6 comments:

Medusae said...

I'm a Canadian who attended an American High School in TX. I stood during the pledge, but I didn't speak it. Standing was to avoid inevitable confrontation with the teacher and students alike due to 'lack of respect for THE PLEDGE'. Neither did they want me speaking it - being a Canadian and all (and not of their high breeding?).

Dissidence has a role to play within schools, and I find it ironic that American schools crush it when it is supposedly held aloft as an ideal when they glorify the history of their country.

Interestingly, I know the Pledge in Spanish as it was in Spanish class that it was drummed into us over and over. I think Bush later declared that the Pledge in Spanish isn't the Pledge at all. It can only have meaning in English.
Go fig.
I didn't know the spell didn't work when incanted improperly. Perhaps it should be said aloud 'in tongues' to make it more potent.

We don't have a pledge in Canada, and that's fine by me. It's crazy shit.

Anonymous said...

Our president is not very fond of the pledge either.

Anonymous said...

Well said Madusae.

Exactly, its a spell. Along with all the other spells forced upon individuals, either written or socially expected and even, unwritten as this case highlights.

We suffer a society of FORCED CHOICE. Do this or else. Which eminates from the highest or lowest levels of the core of the establishment.

This case proves, once the piety, obfuscation and concealment are stripped away, what we are faced with, is a group of indoctrinated pigs (George Orwel) who are nothing but gansters, forcing their will upon a youth because of her non-participation, in thier game of brainwashing.

Along with middle-aged Fat men beating up teenage skate-boarders, under the guise of Peace-Keeping, (Videos on Youtube) and a President Murdering Millions in the Gulf, as his Father before him, illistrates that the Establishment is the desease and the Institutions are the Tumors that display the resulting Psycopathy of an entire civilisation.

The system promotes the vile and stifles the good. It's what it was designed to do.

The Only solution is to walk away from it, legally empowering ones self with knowledge of LAW instead of wasting time with Political alleigence and rhetoric from a corrupted Mainstream Media.

Once they are Liened ($$$£££) into bankruptcy to a level of collapes we can naturally reorganise and transcend this Prison without bars we are born into.

Anonymous said...

"I pledge allegiance to the Copratocracy..." Na I don't think so. Its time to wake-up folks.

Anonymous said...

Pledge to drop bombs on third world and exterminate those who dont support it

Anonymous said...

Seems like theres only one educated kid in that school!!!! Sad, very sad

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