High School Student Gets Two-Day Suspension for Not Standing During the Pledge of Allegiance

Normally, when Needville High School sophomore Mason Michalec, doesn’t stand up during the Pledge of Allegiance (or the Texas Pledge), it’s a non-issue.

But this past week, with a different teacher in the classroom, he was told he had to stand. He refused. She sent him to the principal’s office. And Mason received a two-day in-school suspension.



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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Decides That the Pledge of Allegiance Does Not Violate the Constitution

This morning, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court finally issued its decision in Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, the case that would decide the fate of the Pledge of Allegiance in the state. Unfortunately, they ruled against the American Humanist Association, saying “the recitation of the pledge, which is entirely voluntary, violates neither the Constitution nor the statute.”

So the Pledge will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

It might help to have some background about the case:

On September 4, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard a case regarding the daily ritual of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the state’s public schools.



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Public School Superintendent Says No to Graduation Prayers; Now He’s Under Fire from the Community

Finally, a public school superintendent has done something right regarding prayer at graduation ceremonies.

Superintendent Sean Rickert (below, left) of the Pima Unified School District in Arizona decided that there would be no prayers during the high school graduation ceremony this year — and he’s getting criticized by members of the community because of it:



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Was This Student Rejected from School Because of His Faith?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses a student who claims he was rejected from a college program because of his faith.



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New Hampshire Father Protests a Youth Novel, Is Arrested For Exceeding His Allotted Time at a School Board Meeting

In the video below, an agitated New Hampshire father named William Baer is arrested for getting mouthy at a school board meeting in Gilford, New Hampshire, two days ago. He begins talking out of turn at 0:22, and after about half a minute an honest-to-god cop motions for him to submit to arrest, which Baer, flummoxed and incredulous, ultimately does.

By 1:59, he’s in handcuffs. Off to the paddy wagon with him, I guess.



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