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DENVER, CO - January 10: The Pledge of Allegiance in the House of Representatives on opening day of the second session of the 71st General Assembly at the Colorado State Capitol. January 10, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Colorado Teacher Accused Of Assaulting Student For Not Standing For Pledge Of Allegiance

A Colorado P.E. teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave for allegedly assaulting a student after the child declined to stand for the Pledge Of Allegiance. Karen Smith is a 20-year veteran teacher at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette.

Twitter users were understandably outraged:

Principal Mike Medina told families the school, “will have a substitute teacher working with some of our PE classes for the time being."

Penalties for students refusing to stand for the pledge and/or the national anthem range from failure to expulsion.

While this school is not condoning the assault on its student, it's worth noting that the assault on human rights is nationwide. This incident remains a symptom of a much bigger problem.

H/T: The Root