Waterbury Student Claims to Have Been Mocked and Shamed for Sitting During Pledge
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A 14-year-old student in Waterbury says she was "mocked and shamed" by a teacher for not standing during the Pledge of Allegiance. Why didn't she stand? For the same reasons, certain NFL players took a knee during the Pledge.
The unnamed student has decided to sue Ralph Belvedere, a teacher at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School along with the school district's school board. The Hartford Courant who ran the story also reported that another teacher was also brought in to lecture the students on their supposed lack of patriotism. The attorney, John Williams who is representing the student said:
This is real basic First Amendment law. The U.S. Supreme Court has addressed this a number of times."
The student who has filed the lawsuit claims that sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance is a protest over racial discrimination in this country. She, along with other students claimed in the lawsuit:
This protest was a peaceful and non-disruptive expression of their belief that African-Americans suffer from racial discrimination in the United States.
I understand for many this is a sensitive subject, so my question for you is should you choose to comment on this story is it possible to do so without the name calling and nastiness?