Massachusetts parents were outraged after learning that a teacher at their child’s elementary school was kneeling during the pledge of allegiance.
Peaceful protests are the right of the people, and it is covered under the first amendment. However, just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you SHOULD!
Russell Street Elementary students witnessed an absolutely disgusting and unprofessional act, as their substitute teacher took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance. Not only is it disrespectful to our flag, our country, and our veterans, but protesting should not be done on the job.
If she wants to protest in her own time then so be it. However, she absolutely should not have been exposing children to her nonsense, and especially not while she was on the clock.
After students and parents complained, the school district quickly apologized and noted that the district did not sanction the teacher’s actions.
“The Littleton Public Schools respect the rights of all individuals to participate or respectfully abstain from participating in the Pledge of Allegiance,” Russell Street Principal Scott Bazydlo said. “While this topic is timely and does have educational merit, it should be addressed sensitively and age-appropriately by permanent faculty and inclusive of the beliefs of all children and families.”
Bazydlo added, “While well-intended…[it] should not have taken place in the fashion it did.”
One parent reportedly said, “I agree with what they’re doing, I just don’t think it’s the proper place for it, but in the same token, I think if the teacher could make her views known in a more apolitical way perhaps. I think trying to impart your own political views to students … I think it’s inappropriate.”
Of course it is inappropriate! Not to mention, the whole protest is simply bogus. We are living in a country where people cry and whine when they don’t get their own way.