Indigenous Students Punished for not Standing for Pledge of Allegiance

A pair of students in North California who chose not to salute the U.S. flag and cite the pledge of allegiance during class were punished by their teacher, who lowered the students’ grades because of their decision not to honor people who committed genocide against the indigenous peoples of this continent. When one of the students explained to the teacher her reasoning for not standing, she was told dismissively, “Your ancestors are dead.”

LOWER LAKE (KPIX 5) — A Lake County teacher is facing consequences for threatening to punish two students who opted out of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in school. While the teen students had their grades suffer because of their stance, now the school district superintendent is standing behind the young women. Leilani Thomas won’t say…

via Superintendent Backs Lower Lake Teens Who Won’t Say Pledge Of Allegiance — CBS San Francisco