12-year-old kicked out of a classroom for refusing to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

12-year-old kicked out of a classroom for refusing to stand for Pledge of Allegiance
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A middle schooler in Tampa, Florida said he was kicked out of a classroom after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, and now his family is thinking about a lawsuit.

“I don’t believe in standing up for it because there’s more than one religion,” 12-year-old Mark Dawson told WFLA in a Thursday report, later adding, “I believe in more than one religion and more than one nation.”

He claimed a teacher yelled at him during the September incident, and told him to leave.

The outlet reached out to Liberty Middle School about this, and a spokesperson reportedly admitted that the teacher didn’t know that Hillsborough County School District policy allowed Dawson’s behavior, and this individual was set straight in a talk with the principal. There remains some discrepancies between Dawson’s story and the school’s, though. He said he was admonished three times. They said it only happened once.

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