In the Santa Rosa County of Florida a recent controversy by one student over the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance has called a public hearing.
The Okaloosa School District is huddled around Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, and is home of the Famous Blue Angels, also known as the US Navy and Marine Corps flight Demonstration Squadron.
The hearing was called after a parent complained his child had been asked to stand during the pledge of Allegiance. The student did so and told his parents about it after he went home. No big deal right? In this case it was a big deal. The parent, who is Muslim and is from a foreign country yet is living here, went directly to the school superintendent and stated that, “I do not want my son to say the Pledge of Allegiance,”
“I believe they have a problem with the word ‘God,'” said Rep. Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze. The parent (who’s name is anonymous for obvious reasons) said that Santa Rosa School District violated state law. They didn’t post signs in classrooms notifying the students of their right to not pledge
Florida statue 1003.44 states: “each student shall be informed by posting a notice in a conspicuous place that the student has the right not to participate in reciting the pledge. Upon written request by his or her parent, the student must be excused from reciting the pledge.”
Santa Rosa County Superintendent of Schools Tim Wyrosdick said he can understand that students have the right to sit in silence. He stated that this is the first incident he ever has had an issue with. He did comply by adding signs to classrooms but he took his concern one step further by taking it to the states legislation.
Wyrosdick thinks that signs aren’t necessary in all the classrooms and that a one time posting in the students’ rights handbook should suffice. Broxon’s proposed legislation could make this possible.
“The law is outdated and it needs to be cleaned up, I want to know where it is appropriate to post this information (and) we need to clarify the role of the parent.” Wyrosdick said.
“We’re going to go and amend the statute subject to what is said (at the meeting) and maybe we won’t hear about this again for another 70 years.”
With much support from other superintendents of nearby school districts to have the choice for a student to pledge to our great flag the symbol of blood, treasure, liberty, freedom and justice for all will be published once and only once in the handbook and that should suffice. Broxon’s proposed legislation could make this possible.
Wyrosdick said he believes reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is a civic responsibility. “I want for everyone to stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance,” he said.
Islam is in our schools. Our courageous men and women have fought and died for us and our freedoms. The nerve of this family to be so embolden! Where is their respect and tolerance for American culture? To think and watch how the whole school district should turn up side down for their “allah” disgusts me. This area has the largest military base in the country and one unpatriotic kid is crying to mom and daddy that he was asked to stand up during the pledge!!
I haven’t the slightest pity or tolerance for someone who doesn’t respect our rights and culture when America always respects and accept others rights and cultures. We abide by the Constitution. When America’s culture and traditions get abused and disrespected, it’s time for patriots to stand up and utilize healthy American boundaries. These boundaries are the American citizen patriots. WE THE PEOPLE are the people who will “draw the line” on preventing a Communist, Socialist, Marxist,Islamic- Extremist way of rule in our country. Again, we have and abide by the Constitution of the United States of America and not of Islam. That’s how America became so great.