Stone Chaney, an 11-year-old boy said he was pulled out of his chair during the Pledge of Allegiance. He was doing his homework at his desk when his sixth-grade teacher yanked him up. Stone had this to say:
"I told the lady that I don't stand for the pledge and she just kind of glared at me. ... I was confused when it happened because I didn't know what was going on. And then I was irritated because that's not supposed to happen."
Chaney, who has not participated in saying the pledge since the second grade, added that he makes a pledge to God and family but not a flag.
The Superintendent of East Middle School, where Chaney attends, George Heitsch said, that one teacher has been suspended and another placed on leave while the investigation continues. Heitsch went on to add that students deserve, "to be treated with dignity and respect."
The younger Chaney has the full support of his father, Brian Chaney, who said:
"I'm looking at my son as a hero. He believes in what he believes in. He's not worried about what other people think of him."
Now drag that teacher all the way to the unemployment office— Richard Harrell (@top2923) September 15, 2017
That's assault he doesn't have to my children doesnt— Aminah Salahuddin (@dablkivanatrump) September 15, 2017
So here we are, in 2017, where the rights of this country are not for people of color.— SoujournerDaTruth (@Bukalove04) September 15, 2017
Exactly when I was in school I remember Jehovah Witnesses not standing for the pledge.— amina (@Umm_Sulayman) September 15, 2017
Freedom means the right NOT to stand and no fear of retaliation from the government (the teacher). Independent thinking, not blind obedience— Vorlon1 (@RobertVorlon1) September 15, 2017
This user pointed out that West Virginia State Board of Education vs. Barnette ruled that the Free Speech Clause in the 1st Amendment protected students from being forced to salute the American flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance .
The Government used to jail Jehovah's Witnesses for this. This led to the Supreme Court Case of West Virginia V Barnette where it was— Miami Red ☭ (@Miami_Rebelde) September 15, 2017
Said that School is for education not indoctrination aka brainwashing.— Miami Red ☭ (@Miami_Rebelde) September 15, 2017