Pledge of Allegiance waiver stirs controversy

| August 24, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV Eyewitness News)—A Facebook post stirs up controversy for Leon County Schools.

It shows a form from the district allowing children to opt out of the Pledge of Allegiance. That post, written by Micah Brienen, states, “this is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read and I am so ashamed of this.”

That post was shared more than 3,800 times.

But, the decision to include this form at all, comes after a new Florida law requires all districts to include information on a child’s right to choose not to say the pledge. Leon County Schools are now removing that form from the student handbook and replacing it was a copy of the Florida Statue.

Tuesday, the district issued a statement saying:

“Leon County Schools values patriotism, civic responsibility, and the pledge of allegiance. A change to Florida law this year requires all school districts to publish in the student code of conduct booklet the students’ right to not participate in reciting the pledge of allegiance. In complying with the change in law, our staff developed a form for parents to use to exercise that right. Superintendent Pons received several messages from the community in regards to this process and– upon further inspection–made the decision to remove the form and revise the code of conduct booklet. We apologize for any confusion the form may have caused. We understand that approximately 400 paper copies were distributed before the superintendent stopped the process.”

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  1. Jaddy Baddy says:

    Instead of having parents voluntarily sign
    their kids up for noogies, wedgies,
    toilet bowl water boarding, extra laps in
    gym, being cudgeled in a football gauntlet
    and automatic grade deductions; why not
    just dismiss with the Pledge of Yankee
    Allegiance, altogether? That is, unless your
    real intent is to identify, brand and punish
    any and all Rebels who do not cleave to the
    gospel of Yankee Supremacy in these Yankee
    indoctrination centers, seminaries of
    Yankee Supremacy, they jokingly refer to
    as, schools.

    The fact that Yankees find it necessary to
    elicit an involuntary pledge of allegiance,
    in and of itself says far more about the
    doubtful allegiance many Indians, Southerners,
    Hawaiians, Puerto Ricans, Latins, Samoans
    and many many others have to their Yankee
    Union, than I need to.