Saturday, 10 June 2017

Indiana mom sues principal, teacher after son ‘forced’ to recite Pledge of Allegiance

An Indiana mom filed a lawsuit against an elementary school teacher and principal for allegedly forcing her son to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Jamie Porter said her son's first grade teacher removed the boy from class when he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance back in March, according to Fox 59. The lawsuit, filed by the ACLU on behalf of the family, alleged that the boy refused to recite it because he was "protesting" the government.

"He was doing it to protest the government of the United States, as it was racist, greedy and does not care about people," the lawsuit stated.

After hearing the student's reason, the teacher, Kelly McFarland, then took the student out of the classroom and to the principal's office. Principal Mary Beth Harris was told what happened and the student was taken back to class 20 minutes later, according to the lawsuit. Later in the day, however, Harris took the boy out of class and had him "practice" how to recite the pledge.

"She told him that they were going to 'practice' how to do the Pledge of Allegiance and she made him recite the Pledge with her," the lawsuit alleged.

The suit adds that the student "was extremely upset at this treatment by his teacher and the principal as he was made to feel that he had done something terribly wrong and was in trouble."

Porter said she and her son are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for the incident. She alleged that the teacher and principal violated her son's First Amendment rights.

The school district, Vigo County School Corporation, was not named in the lawsuit. A spokesman for the district said in a statement to Fox News: "We are currently reviewing the complaint with our legal counsel and have been advised not to comment on pending litigation."


  1. That woman should be arrested....and not suing the school!!!! Her son is too young to protest the government....what kind of freak is she raising that does not pledge allegience to this country?

  2. An elementary student's right to free speech? At that age all you have is Miranda rights

  3. The only thing any real American patriot would pledge allegiance to is the constitution. The current pledge was written by a leftist to instill subservience to the government.

    You cannot actually have allegiance towards a flag, no matter how much you respect it. The whole pledge is meant to bypass critical thought and create mindless leftists with allegiance to the government. The pledge needs to be re-written to be a pledge to the constitution and the principles of rule of law that limits government power. Any kid forced to recite the pledge is absolved of it.