School Officials in Mass. Town Won't Let Students Recite Pledge of Allegiance
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    Angry School Officials in Mass. Town Won't Let Students Recite Pledge of Allegiance

    This is what you get when you turn over the education of you children to a bunch of liberal/Marxists.

    FOXNews.com - School Officials in Mass. Town Won't Let Students Recite Pledge of Allegiance

    School Officials in Mass. Town Won't Let Students Recite Pledge of Allegiance

    By Todd Starnes

    Published June 29, 2010

    | FOXNews.com


    When Sean Harrington entered his freshman year at Arlington High School
    , he noticed something peculiar: There were no American flags in the classrooms, and no one recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

    So Harrington enlisted the aid of his fellow students, and now, three years later, they have succeeded in getting flags installed in the classrooms. But the pledge still will not be recited.

    The Arlington, Mass., school committee has rejected the 17-year-old's request to allow students to voluntarily recite the Pledge of Allegiance, because some educators are concerned that it would be hard to find teachers willing to recite it, according to a report in the Arlington Patch.

    Harrington had presented school officials with a petition signed by 700 people, along with letters of support from lawmakers including Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.

    But the request to have the pledge recited failed when the committee's vote ended in a 3-3 tie.

    "I was really heartbroken," Harrington told FOX News Radio. "It's hard to think that something so traditional in American society was turned down."

    His fight has received quite a bit of support from the community. "When I was going to school, it was an honor and a privilege to pledge allegiance to the flag," Francis De Guglielmo, 55, told the Patch. He called the ban an "absolute travesty" and a "disgrace."

    Harrington, who will be a senior in the fall, said he will continue to fight. "I'm not a person who quits and I don't back down. It's a very righteous cause and needs to be followed through until the end."

    Some committee members voiced concerns about forcing people to do something that might violate their beliefs – including religious beliefs. Among the no-votes was committee member Leba Heigham.

    "Patriotism is a very personal thing for all of us, but I do not think it is in the school committee's best interest to mandate that any of our employees recite the pledge," she told the Patch.

    Harrington said the recitation would have been strictly voluntary.

    "If we can't find one teacher who is willing to say the pledge, then the system we have is cracked," he told FOX News Radio, noting that a number of teachers signed his petition.

    He said the school's ban on the pledge sends the wrong message. "It tells me that we've basically cast aside what our country is founded on," he said. "It's saying that we don't really care, and it's sad."

    Arlington's superintendent of schools did not return a call for comment
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    WOW! If I was a student there, you had better believe we WOULD say the pledge every day... and dare someone to stop us.

    Absolutely disgraceful.
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

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    they are chipping away at our society and our values one chisel stroke at a time, and most people won't notice until there is a gaping hole.....then they will wonder why "nobody" prevented it

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    And so it begins

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    Maybe the board needs to go back to school.. They seemed to be confused on the definition of the word VOLUNTARY!!! IF the teacher does not want to recite the Pledge, hey that's there right (I guess), but you can then ask for students to volunteer to lead the pledge.. OH> I see the issue now with that suggestion... They don't understand the meaning of the word Volunteer!!!

    IF I was Harrington, I would at least start a "Voluntary" reciting of the pledge around the flagpole outside of the school (They do still have flag poles at schools don't they????) before class starts..

    Sounds like they need some Marines to go to the Board meeting and kick some ass!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HootmonSccy View Post
    IF I was Harrington, I would at least start a "Voluntary" reciting of the pledge around the flagpole outside of the school (They do still have flag poles at schools don't they????) before class starts..
    Considering it took three years to get flags into the classrooms, it would hardly surprise me if there were no flagpoles outside.
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

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    So this kid's in Homeroom one morning, before the first bell rings and he stands up...spontaneously...puts his hand over his heart and begins reciting the Pledge. No class is in session yet...the first bell hasn't rung...so he's not being a disruption to the class. Whaddaya think would happen? If he's reprimanded, he can claim they're interfering with his 1st Amendment Rights. If it's true that others in the school are sympathetic, they might be inspired on subsequent days to join in.

    Good luck to this kid...I hope he prevails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by utimmer43 View Post
    WOW! If I was a student there, you had better believe we WOULD say the pledge every day... and dare someone to stop us.

    Absolutely disgraceful.
    Damn straight.
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

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    I LIVE IN THIS CESSPOOL OF LEFT WING LIBERAL SOCIALIST FILTH!!!

    SO HELP ME GOD IF THEY EVER TOLD MY DAUGHTER OR SON THAT THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SAY THE PLEDGE I WOULD DRIVE THEM TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY AND LEAD THE ENTIRE CLASS IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WITH A BULL HORN!!!

    THIS IS THE KIND OF CRAP THAT GETS ME REALLY PISSED!!!


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    Geez, I kinda like those REALLY BIG letters, easy on the old eyes. Could ya'll start posting like that? Appreciate it.

    I'm serious, 6SC, you guys have got to get out of there. My blood pressure (always slightly elevated) would go thru the roof living in one of the Peoples' Republic states. I'm afraid it's all too far gone to ever be "fixed". Come join us in flyover country. It's good livin'.
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

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