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According to the letter, when the student was confronted by the nurse, she responded that she had the right not to stand if she wanted. The nurse responded, "Fine, then leave! I have the right not to service you!"
The AHA's attorney, Monica Miller, wrote:
The student reports that she left the nurse’s office in tears and went to the administrative offices to call her mother. A secretary then led the student to an office, but at that time the same nurse appeared again, saying, “She isn't calling a parent until I have a long conversation with her!” Still sobbing, the student said she only wanted to call her mother. At this point a school counselor arrived and took the student to his office, where the student remained for the first two class periods. Though he showed some sympathy, he also incorrectly instructed the student that she should stand in the hallway if she does not wish to stand for the Pledge exercise!
originally posted by: Domo1
Who the bleep cares if someone doesn't say the pledge? It's kinda creepy anyway. Forcing someone to say it is a spit in the face to our constitution. Wasn't it brought about in the 50's or something to sell flags anyway? I hope the nurse is disciplined very harshly, preferably fired.
originally posted by: GENERAL EYES
a reply to: Domo1
It takes a Village to raise the next generation of Community Citizens.
If the young lady is going through her rebellious phase while figuring things out, so be it. I started questioning the whole "pledge" thing in the fourth grade, and while I kept my personal position silent, I still went along with the actions of the class and didn't feel the need to make a freaking scene about it.
Some kids just hate when the tables are turned and the Elders dish out the same attitude.
Seriously. This call for firing the Nurse is about as rational of me insisting that the "sad face" mark I got back in Elementary School for spelling the "i" in my name with a circle instead of a dot was somehow psychologically damaging or something.
This young lady will get over it eventually, learn from the experience, and be a wiser person for it one day.
The pledge is not a binding contract, it's a gesture of good faith and group cohesion ya silly Commies!