May 12, 2008, - 9:38 am

The Principal & The Pledge of Allegiance vs. the ACLU

By Debbie Schlussel
Sadly, the ACLU–the American Terrorists’ Liberties Union–is already on the case on this one and will probably seek gazillions in “damages.”
And Colleen Houglum, principal of northwestern Minnesota’s Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Junior High School, is already bending under the pressure. She suspended three eighth-graders for not standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance and took a stand against belligerent students who have zero sense of respect and decorum, which is unfortunately out of style at America’s publick skoolz. Now, she has no choice but to bow to the forces of Anti-Americanism:


Three small-town eighth-graders in Minnesota were suspended by their principal for not standing Thursday morning for the Pledge of Allegiance, violating a district policy that the principal now says may soon be reworded to protect free speech rights.
“My son wasn’t being defiant against America,” said Kim Dahl, mother of one of the students, Brandt, who attends Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Junior High School in northwestern Minnesota. . . .
Kim Dahl said the “punishment didn’t fit the crime. If they wanted to know why he didn’t stand, they should’ve made him write a paper.” She said her son has been declining to stand all school year, offered no reason for sitting and was not obligated to explain his actions.
The school’s handbook says all students are required to stand but are not required to recite the pledge. The same is true for all four schools in the district, a school official said.
“These three [students] didn’t, and they got caught,” said Mel Olson, the district’s community education director. He said he backs the punishment, “being a veteran and a United States of America citizen, absolutely.” Olson served in the Marines in Japan during the Vietnam War.
The head of the Minnesota American Civil Liberties Union said that the school’s actions against the students are unconstitutional, and his office informed the district of that today in a strongly worded letter. . . .
Colleen Houglum, the principal who suspended the three, acknowledged in a statement late this morning that the policy requirement that ” ‘all students will stand’ may need to be modified to address the protection of the individual’s form of expression.”
Kim Dahl said Houglum called her this morning and informed her of the possible accommodation. “I think they are handling it quite professionally,” Kim Dahl said, adding that Houglum told her that school officials “are taking some steps to take the [suspensions] off their records.”
That possible shift was met with disappointment from Olson. While he said he’ll fall in line with whatever change may occur, “I still have my beliefs.”

Oy. Visions of Michael Newdow, all over again.
This isn’t about free speech, as the kids were not required to say the Pledge. This is about behavior and conduct and standing up when required.
Well, these students could always transfer to the school of Dearbornistan, where the Pledge of Allegiance is rarely said. And where the principal of at least one high school hits students, Hezbollah-style.

10 Responses

Not only do these 3 students need a good, swift ass kicking; so do the parents. It’s this culture and attitude of lowering the standards and the respect levels that make our public schools such mediocre institutions. I applaud the Principal for having the restraint to not dole out the appropriate punishment to these slackers. They’re lucky that they only got suspended.

Yiddish Steel on May 12, 2008 at 1:16 pm

When I was in my senoir year of high school, there was this vile slut in my food service class that refused to stand for the pledge one morning and my teacher wrote her up.
Yeah it is this lack of respect that is part of why public schools are the way they are now.

Squirrel3D on May 12, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Or they can attend any sports event where most of the renditions of the Star Spangled Banner make a mockery of our heritage.

c f on May 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Why not ask the kids why-and then, to get extra credit, have them volunteer at a vet’s home or hospital?

mindy1 on May 12, 2008 at 4:32 pm

I dont agree with this. If they dont want to stand, why force them. I never did. We werent required to do so. And knowing even in school just how anti government and anti politician I am, they knew better than to try

savage supporter on May 12, 2008 at 4:48 pm

The picture of the marines at Iwo Jima should be enough to motivate any American to at least stand and recite the pledge of allegiance. If not the parents were probably a–holes like the kids are now.
Just a word to savage man: Your passion against your country is not a drop in the bucket compared to my patriotism. I want to banish people like you to Devils Island. Let you drop from malaria.

samurai on May 13, 2008 at 9:41 am

Anyone not reciting the pledge of allegiance should be banished to Devils Island. Libtards like savagesupporter are what is wrong with this country. I want to go to fist city when I see somebody sitting down during the pledge. At 25 I would make an issue of it. At 41 I would probably just spill a coke on them afterwards.

samurai on May 13, 2008 at 11:19 am

Savage Supporter? I dunno if he’s refering to supporting michael savage or what…but he is far from a savage supporter if he thinks Michael will agree with any of his views!!
I have a better idea, drop savage supporter in the middle of a swarm of africanized bees. That’ll give him a stinging experince, if you get my…uh…point.

Squirrel3D on May 13, 2008 at 1:53 pm

so anyone who does not support the government is a traitor?
Any country that extorts money from people illegally and calls it taxes, price gouges gas prices, arrests people for home schooling, tries to ban free speech and comforts muslims over americans do not deserve loyalty.
Politicians are nothing but thieving, murderous, lying crooks and people like you are responsible for voting them in!
And another thing, if that libtard remark was meant to be liberal, you can do you know what to yourself! Im affiliated to no party, demoncrat republicrat or liberal. The government is just as much the enemy of america as muslims are!

savage supporter on May 13, 2008 at 10:06 pm

The pledge of allegiance was written by a Socialist.
Maybe they were objecting to the spread of Socialist propaganda?

No Pasaran! on May 15, 2008 at 2:45 pm

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