A public school principal in Florida is promising — threatening — to violate the rights of students by punishing them if they don’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem. Please try that. You’ll be sued and you’ll lose.
Lely High School Principal Ryan Nemeth told students during video announcements they’ll be ejected from school sporting events if they refuse to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Nemeth told students the issue is very important to him, and the policy applies to students at all school-sponsored sporting events.
“You will stand, and you will stay quiet. If you dont.. you are going to be sent home, and you’re not going to have a refund of your ticket price,” he told them.
This is why I think the Department of Education should hire me and send to every school in America to do an in-service training for all students and administrators. It would only take a couple minutes, tops, because the issue could not be more easy and clear as a legal matter. Here’s what I would say:“In 1943, the Supreme Court ruled that no student could be forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or participate in any similar exercise. That was more than 70 years ago. Word should have made it here by now. That means you cannot force any student to participate in your nationalistic rituals, nor can you berate them or shame them or punish them in any way whatsoever. If that bothers you, I could not possibly care less. And now that you’ve been informed of this and we know for a fact that you know it, if you do any of those things you’re going to be fired immediately. No appeals, no negotiations, we will pack up the shit on your desk and throw you out the moment we learn of it. And if you want to go on Facebook and bitch and complain about disrespecting the flag or spitting in the face of our military, be my guest. I’m not taking any questions because there is nothing remotely ambiguous about this. If you don’t understand it, you’re too stupid to work in a school.”