Girl allegedly punished for sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, April 30, 2012 16:33 EDT
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The Brownsville Area School District announced on Monday it would not discipline students who refused to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, according to the Associated Press.

The announcement came hours after the ACLU sued the western Pennsylvania school district on behalf of a middle school student. The unnamed 13-year-old girl was allegedly scolded and given a detention for refusing to stand and recite the pledge.

According to WTAE.com, the girl refused to recite the pledge because she was disillusioned with the way the country was being run.

Her mother had complained to school officials, but the district upheld the punishment at a school board meeting.

Brownsville Area School District solicitor James Davis said the student had the right to sit silently during the pledge. He is working to resolve the case.

In 1943, the Supreme Court ruled that compelling students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance violated their First Amendment rights.

“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein,” Justice Robert Jackson wrote.

[Image via USAG-Humphreys, Creative Commons licensed]

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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