Cameron Frazier, a junior at Boynton Beach High School in Florida, along with the ACLU is suing his school for making him stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Florida state law requires that the pledge be recited at the beginning of the day at all elementary, middle and high schools. With parental permission students can be excuse from reciting the pledge, but the still must stand silently during the pledge. From The Orlando Sun-Sentinel:
Backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the 17-year-old junior claims in a federal lawsuit filed this week that he was ridiculed and punished Dec. 8 when he twice refused to stand for the pledge during his fourth-period algebra class.
…Cameron said he hasn’t stood for the pledge since the sixth grade. His mother, Christine Frazier, said he never had a problem until now. “This case is about him,” she said. “It’s about his rights as a U.S. citizen.”
…According to the lawsuit, the teacher “began to berate Cameron” after his steadfast refusal to stand for the pledge. The claim states that the teacher responded: “See your desk? Now look at mine. Big desk, little desk. You obviously don’t know your place in this classroom.”
The lawsuit accuses the teacher of calling her student “so ungrateful and so un-American.” The school’s assistant principal, who is named in the suit along with a school police officer, soon removed Cameron from the class.One obvious question is why hasn’t this been “a problem until now?” Does his normal homeroom teacher allow this behavior? What kind of lesson does that teach?
When Cameron turns 18 he will have reached the age when he can do whatever the hell he wants – until then he’s the student and the teacher’s in charge. Cheers to the teacher for having the guts to punish the little miscreant.
I’m not really that into the whole forced pledge idea, but I am into the idea of orderly classrooms where teachers are in control. Given the prevalence of zero tolerance policies it’s a wonder the kid hadn’t already been expelled. Perhaps he would have a little more respect for teacher and administrators if they hadn’t bent their own rules at every turn for this kid. Experience taught him he could be a showoff/slacker/disrupting influence and abide by the rules (or not) as he saw fit.
Big surprise he’s upset about finally being shown his place…