Social media caught on fire after an elementary school in Florida sent home a disturbing permission slip home to parents. The slip essentially allowed parents to choose whether or not they wanted their child to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each morning. It allowed children to “opt out” of this strong tradition each morning if their parents wanted to do so.
For many parents they found this notion to be absolutely absurd.
The note simply read,
“ I understand my rights as a parent and request that my child…be excused. This includes standing and placing his/her right hand over his/her heart”.
One parent was quick to post a picture of the actual note on Facebook.
Instead of signing and dating the slip, the parent had their own message to send.
In the spot for the signature the parent wrote,
“This is the dumbest thing I have ever read and I am so ashamed of this”.
Shortly after the note was posted, hundreds of individuals on Facebook also had something to say about the incident.
Many of the public comments displayed the same outrage as the original poster.
“I’m thinking I would pull my kids out of that school immediately! Scary thing is, it probably won’t be long before that type of ridiculousness is everywhere.”
“8 years of Obama and a Congress that has done zero to stop him.”
Ever since the 1943 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, students have the legal right to not participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.
According to state law, Florida schools must inform students of this right.
Many students who do not wish to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance do so for religious reasons.
Regardless of the reason many parents adamantly feel as though not participating in the Pledge of Allegiance is nothing short of unpatriotic.
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