An adolescent Florida boy was kicked out of class and arrested when he refused to recite the “racist” Pledge of Allegiance.
Bay News 9 reports a substitute teacher had a student kicked out of a Lawton Chiles Middle Academy class after he shot down her command to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The boy called it racist to black people and allegedly threatened to beat his teacher. According to the arrest affidavit, he repeatedly called the school staff racist while threatening to have them fired.
The boy, who apparently has a history of not standing for the pledge, offended the teacher when she saw him not standing. She asked him to stand and he refused, saying the anthem was offensive to black people.
“Why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live,” the sub asked.
“They brought me here,” he replied back.
“Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I’m not welcome here anymore I would find another place to live,” the teacher said in a statement to the district.
The substitute teacher said she then “had to call the office” because she didn’t want to continue “dealing” with the student. The child’s mother, Dhakira Talbot, feels disciplinary action should have been handled by the school instead of law enforcement. She expressed how “upset”, “angry”, and “hurt” she was for her son explaining that he “has never been through anything like this”.
“She was wrong. She was way out of place. If she felt like there was an issue with my son not standing for the flag, she should’ve resolved that in a way different manner than she did.”
“I want the charges dropped and I want the school to be held accountable for what happened because it shouldn’t have been handled the way it was handled,” she continued.
The sixth grader was charged with disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence. He was also suspended for three days. The substitute apparently didn’t catch the memo because a school district spokeswoman said students do not have to participate in the pledge. The teacher will no longer work for any of the district’s schools.
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