In Maryland, a 13-year-old girl didn’t want to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance and her teacher threw a hissy fit.
“The teacher in that class began to yell at her, began to shout at her,” said Ajmel Quereshi, the ACLU attorney representing the girl. “Other students began to jump in and mock her when they saw that he was calling her names and calling her stupid. She was feeling embarassed so, not knowing what to do, she stood up.”
The next day, the girl remained seated during the pledge again. This time she was marched by two school police officers to the office, said Quereshi.
All of this is uncalled for. No one has to stand up for the Pledge. Any halfway decent teacher should understand that. Students shouldn’t be disruptive, either, but sitting down is perfectly acceptable.
In this particular case, there is good news to report:
Dana Tofig, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Public Schools, confirmed that the teacher violated school regulations and said the student will receive an apology.
She deserves it. She also deserves our respect. Going against your teacher and your peers to do something like that takes courage.
I don’t know the student’s name, but I commend her for her actions.