Sigh. Yet another story about a teacher ignoring the rights of students not to say the pledge of allegiance, but this one is even worse than most. She got into an argument with the 11-year old African-American child and then had him arrested for disrupting school activities. Seriously.
An 11-year-old Polk County student refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, and after explaining his reasons, he was kicked out of class and eventually arrested for being disruptive and disobeying commands to calm down and leave the classroom.
He was also suspended for three days.
The incident happened at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland on February 4. The sixth-grader was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center, charged with disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence…
In a statement to the district, the substitute teacher reported telling the 11-year-old boy “Why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live.” She said he then said, “they brought me here.”She said she replied by saying, “Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I’m not welcome here anymore I would find another place to live.”
She wrote, “Then I had to call the office because I did not want to continue dealing with him.”
This is absolutely ridiculous. That teacher should be fired and never allowed to teach anywhere ever again. What she should have done when he refused to say the pledge was….nothing. That is his constitutional right, one the Supreme Court has protected for more than 75 years. Instead, she decided to start an argument over it, which she had no right to do. If those charges aren’t dropped and the school punishment reversed, there should be major protests outside the school. This is a perfect teaching moment, but it’s the teacher and the school that need to be taught a lesson.