Florida: 6-Year-Old Takes A Knee During Pledge, Teacher Tells Him To Stand Up

Thanks NFL, great example for our kids...

Florida State law says that the only way that a student can be exempted from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is if they have a written request from their parent and even then the law says that they still have to stand. So the 6-year-old takes a knee and the teacher told him, 'we stand for the pledge here'

Video below.

ABC News
The mother of a 6-year-old Florida boy who took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance on Monday morning criticized the way the school handled the incident.

Eugenia McDowell told ABC News that her son knelt down during the daily pledge to the flag at Wiregrass Elementary School in Wesley Chapel, Florida. The incident occurred after a weekend of demonstrations across the NFL in which many players, owners, and teams engaged in peaceful protests by sitting, kneeling or locking arms during the national anthem.

McDowell said she did not know her son was going to kneel and was informed of the incident in a text message from the boy’s teacher Monday evening.

McDowell said her son was publicly admonished for his gesture of silent protest, a move she said stifles his voice and freedom of speech. But according to Pasco County School District Spokesperson Linda Cobbe, the boy's teacher does not believe any other students saw her admonishment. Cobbe said the teacher mouthed the words, "We stand for the pledge" in response to the boy's decision to take a knee.


Here is the video report from ABC News. Of course the parent here has no problem with her first grader taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, and she's unhappy with the Elementary School on how they handled it.