Can schools require students to say the Pledge of Allegiance?
A recent dispute at a Florida public school related to the Pledge of Allegiance raises an interesting question about student rights, at least in two states.
The dispute, according to school and police reports in Lakeland, Florida, started when a student and substitute teacher argued over the student’s refusal to take part in the pledge in class. The student was arrested after the dispute, police said. And the school district said, “To be clear, the student was NOT arrested for refusing to participate in the pledge; students are not required to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.”
The student’s mother told a local television station she wanted the charges dropped, and the school should be disciplined for its actions, and not her son. The story soon received national media attention.