A California high school student sat during the Pledge because of her American Indian heritage. An act that seems to be sweeping the nation after Kaepernick took a knee during an NFL game in protest. People are clearly in an uproar over the current state of our government. Leilani Thomas has been doing this since the second grade but her Teacher finally decided to do something about it.
My response would be, why now? Are people all the sudden appalled at the thought of people practicing their First Amendment rights?, which they have been doing forever. Or is this all just a move by our government to create civil unrest and division among its people. It’s scary times we live in when the American people are having their rights stripped and mocked left and right because it isn’t socially acceptable. Which personal freedom, guaranteed by the Constitution, will go next?
While the school board sides with the student, saying it is her First Amendment right, she did have her grade docked as a result.
The DC reports:
“She told me I was being disrespectful and I was pretty mad,” Leilani Thomas told a local news outlet Thursday. “She was being disrespectful to me also, saying I was making bad choices, and I don’t have the choice to sit during the pledge.”
Thomas says she has been sitting during the daily pledge since second grade, after her mom and dad told her what the pledge meant to them. This is apparently the first time a teacher took action in response to her protest. The teacher at Lower Lake High School took points off her participation grade.
School District Superintendent Donna Becnel stuck up for Leilani when she learned of the incident, saying the student is exercising her First Amendment right. “They have the same rights when they walk into the schoolhouse than anybody else does,” Becnel told the ABC affiliate.