It all began with a lawsuit filed by a 14-year-old girl who claimed her teacher shamed her for not participating in the 'Pledge of Allegiance.'

According to, the federal lawsuit filed by the teenage girl was dismissed on February 9 because the teacher involved and the Waterbury Board of Education agreed to settle the lawsuit if certain conditions were met. The following video was published by Fox News in October of 2017 citing two different viewpoints on the question, "Should students be required to stand during the 'Pledge of Allegiance?"

This could be good news or bad news depending on which side of this issue you're on. The attorney for the teenager who filed the lawsuit said that Waterbury School officials have agreed to give the students the option of participating in the 'Pledge of Allegiance.'

It will be interesting to see if the Waterbury School District's decision will create a firestorm of controversy. The unidentified 14-year-old sued the district in October citing First Amendment rights when she and some friends remained seated during the 'Pledge' to protest racial discrimination and then were strongly chastised by their teacher.

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