The Pledge of Allegiance has become a hotly contested topic. From the football field to the basketball court and beyond, pledging allegiance to the flag, for some, is no longer an option.
Recently, a Michigan teacher has come under fire for allegedly accosting a young sixth-grade boy in class who did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Stone Chaney, an 11-year-old at East Middle School in Farming, MI stated that he was physically removed from his chair by a teacher consultant when he refused to stand for the Pledge.
“The teacher consultant came up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently,” the young man told WDIV 4 News. “I was so confused…I didn’t know what was going on, then I was irritated because that’s not supposed to happen.”
Stone also told WDIV 4 news that the next day another teacher began yelling at him again for not standing during the Pledge. “She starts yelling at me to get up. She wanted to know why. I told her that I don’t pledge to a flag. I pledge to God and to my family.”
Currently, the incident is under investigation and the teacher in question has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the inquiry into what happened.
Sound off! What do you think. Do you feel that the educators were justified their reactions or do you feel that the same freedoms the Pledge represents should apply to the choice of whether or not to stand during its recitation. We want to hear from you.