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    Child escorted out of class by police for sitting during the pledge, mother outraged

    The mother of a 13-year-old Montgomery County middle school student is demanding an apology from a teacher who had school police escort the youngster from a classroom for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

    The unidentified student was mocked by other children in her class and has been too traumatized to return to Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown, according to Ajmel Quereshi, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland who is representing the family.
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    Re: Child escorted out of class by police for sitting during the pledge, mother outra

    Ajmel Quereshi?? You can't make this stuff up. The ACLU had to send someone from India to defend this child, in a time when Muslim stereotyping is an issue. Did Bob Jones have the day off or something? Whether this guy is Muslim or not is irrelevent, it's the appearance. The kid didn't do anything wrong, though in our day we'd have probably got the crap kicked out of us during recess. Anyway, the teacher should be fired, an apology isn't enough. I believe in the pledge, but damn this isn't the USSR. The police should charge the teacher with false arrest.
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    Re: Child escorted out of class by police for sitting during the pledge, mother outra

    Absolutely ridiculous act on the part of the teacher, completely in contrary with school policies.

    Granted, I've never seen anyone personally sit for the pledge that wasn't doing it just casue they're a lazy **** or they think it was funny more so than because they were "Rebelling against america man!". Still, no one has to say the pledge in school. Its not required. And calling the cops on them is ridiculous.

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    Re: Child escorted out of class by police for sitting during the pledge, mother outra

    I read this story yesterday in the Post.

    I hope rivrrat comes into this thread because she's the first person who made me think, "Why do I do the pledge of allegience?" At this point, if asked to do it in a classroom setting, I wouldn't do it. I think it's stupid (which has nothing to do with my patriotism).

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    Re: Child escorted out of class by police for sitting during the pledge, mother outra

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Absolutely ridiculous act on the part of the teacher, completely in contrary with school policies.

    Granted, I've never seen anyone personally sit for the pledge that wasn't doing it just casue they're a lazy **** or they think it was funny more so than because they were "Rebelling against america man!". Still, no one has to say the pledge in school. Its not required. And calling the cops on them is ridiculous.
    Contrary to good old common sense. Damn, a police escort out of the room. You know most school police are real police officers? I wonder if he pulled his gun.
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    Re: Child escorted out of class by police for sitting during the pledge, mother outra

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    I read this story yesterday in the Post.

    I hope rivrrat comes into this thread because she's the first person who made me think, "Why do I do the pledge of allegience?" At this point, if asked to do it in a classroom setting, I wouldn't do it. I think it's stupid (which has nothing to do with my patriotism).
    Aww come on, you're being a party pooper.
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    Re: Child escorted out of class by police for sitting during the pledge, mother outra

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    Aww come on, you're being a party pooper.
    What is the point of pledging? I said my marriage vows in October 1998. Do I need to say them on a regular basis to show my allegience to my husband?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    What is the point of pledging? I said my marriage vows in October 1998. Do I need to say them on a regular basis to show my allegience to my husband?
    Why yes, actually you do.
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    Re: Child escorted out of class by police for sitting during the pledge, mother outra

    Interesting - I thought that, surely, in this day and age the students who stood to say the pledge would be taken away in cuffs.

    I'm surprised to see it's the opposite but still think it's malarky.

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    Re: Child escorted out of class by police for sitting during the pledge, mother outra

    I remember like yesterday, in elementary school, 6th grade, how Mike Harris, (from a Jehova Witness family,) sat out the pledge every morning.

    Elsie Haltom, a hardcore southern baptist teacher of ours, made him go stand in the hall with his nose in the corner as the rest of the class said the pledge. That was something that was usually reserved for naughty boys and girls.

    Then, afterwards, as he would come back into the classroom, it was to the jeers of Ms. Haltom as she frequently would harass him as he walked to his desk. "What kind of parents wouldn't allow their son to say the pledge?" "That's the devil in your church ruining your mind." "You should be ashamed of yourself."

    Poor ol' Mike. He was just stuck in the middle. I went through 1 -6 grade with him. Nice kid. He coulda cared less about any church or any pledge.

    I wish I could, as an adult, see that teacher again and tell her what a bitch she is. But she was an old bitch 40 years ago so I know she's got to be a dead bitch now.

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