Teacher Calls Police On Student Who Refuses To Say Pledge Of Allegiance
The mother of a Montgomery County, MD, middle school student is demanding an apology from a teacher who called school police to escort her daughter out of class for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance. The 13-year-old girl was mocked by other students and is too traumatized to return to class.
A school spokesman said Tuesday that the teacher’s actions were a clear violation of the school’s regulations, which are based on state law. The teacher, who also has not been identified by either side, will have to apologize to the student, spokesman Dana Tofig said.
The ACLU sent a letter to the school, but school officials told the mother they would not meet with her if she brought a lawyer.
The Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that students cannot be forced to salute the flag. Maryland law explicitly allows any student or teacher to be excused from participating in the pledge, according to the ACLU.
The incident began on a Wednesday in late January, when the girl did not stand for the pledge. Her teacher yelled at her, demanded that she stand and then sent her to the office for her defiance, Quereshi said. The school system confirmed the sequence of events.
The next morning, the girl again refused to stand for the pledge. This time, the teacher called two school police officers to the classroom to escort the girl to the office.Click here for reuse options!
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