TEXAS STUDENT CHALLENGES SCHOOL’S POLICY
OF STANDING DURING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
A student at Cypress Springs High School in Cypress, Tex., says he’s being “singled out” by his teachers because he wouldn’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, according to KHOU.com.
“It’s very uncomfortable,” said Ray Jones. “I’m wondering what they’re going to say next.”
The trouble started last month on a day Jones decided to jog to school. According to his mother, the 17-year old was so wiped out by his run that he was incapable of standing for the nine seconds it takes to say the Pledge.
“He was tired, dripping with sweat, exhausted,” LaTonya Ellison said. “He just, on that particular day, did not feel like standing up.” READ MORE
The above student was just too tired to stand for the Pledge, and apparently, there will be no penalty for this now that his mom has written a “note” excusing him from the requirement … The student below was exhausted and failed to sow up for school and is being made an example of by a left-leaning judge.
HONOR STUDENT JAILED FOR MISSING SCHOOL:
ASK THE JUDGE TO CANCEL HER FINE & SENTENCING!
Diane Tran isn’t like most seventeen-year-old girls her age. Sure, there are many honors students taking dual credit U.S. History, dual credit English Literacy, College Algebra, and Spanish Language AP. Sure, there are some who work part time and full time jobs like Diane does at a dry cleaners and a wedding venue.
But, since Diane’s parents have moved away, Diane does all of this to support herself and her two siblings.
For a student facing these challenges, a teacher or authority figure should have reached out to her and made sure she didn’t slip through the cracks. Despite her situation, she’s not just an extraordinary worker and student, she’s an extraordinary human being with a fighting spirit. MORE HERE
Sad. Ridiculous. Pathetic. And since when do dropouts go to jail in America?
Patrick J. Mullaly said:
Yesterday, on the way to work, I heard a news story regarding 17 year old Ray Jones who decided not to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance at his Texas high school. It has bothered me for the last 24 hours and I needed to get my feelings out. I was able to put it all on paper today. If I had contact with Ray, I would send the following to him:
It is my understanding that you are a 17 year old Texas high school sophomore who recently made the decision not to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Apparently you had jogged to school that morning and, in the words of your mother, “He was tired, dripping with sweat, exhausted…He just, on that particular day, did not feel like standing up.” Isn’t it great to live in a Country that affords you that freedom? There is no government agents forcing you to stand to pledge your allegiance to flag and country and certainly no one hauling you away in the middle of the night because you made that choice to sit. As Americans, we have the right to make such decisions without serious consequences. I believe that you said you have been “singled out” by some teachers, and that “It’s very uncomfortable” and “I’m wondering what they’re going to say next.” Other than that, you still retain your freedoms and your rights as a citizen, PLUS your mother has written a note to your school excusing you from having to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance for the rest of your time in high school. Also, if I heard the interview audio correctly, there may be other students at your high school who decide to follow your example and refuse to stand during the Pledge. Again, isn’t it wonderful that we live in a free land that affords us the right to make such choices?
For the rest of your high school career and throughout your adult life, this choice is going to present itself to you over and over again. There will be other moments when you will have to choose whether or not to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or to stand and participate in the singing of our National Anthem or to stand up as the Colors are presented during a parade or the funeral of a family member or friend who was a Veteran. This is a choice that you will have to make over and over again throughout your life whether you are “tired” or not, whether your “feel like it” or not, whether it is “comfortable” or not. As a free citizen in this free Land, please consider the following when choosing to stand or sit in these situations:
Did the young men and women (not much older than you) get “tired” as they dug themselves and the dead and wounded out of the rubble of Pearl Harbor? Did those storming the beaches of Normandy or the Pacific “feel like” doing so? Do you think they were “uncomfortable” about what they were about to face? What about those involved in the Revolution that gave birth to this Nation, our Constitution, and many of the freedoms that we enjoy today? Did they ever get tired or feel like not going on? Did they have to sacrifice their comfort? So many tired individuals have risked their lives and sacrificed their lives doing terribly uncomfortable things in the trenches of World War I, the beaches and towns of Europe and the Pacific during World War II, the villages and hills of Korea, the jungles and caves of Vietnam, and the deserts, mountains and towns of Iraq and Afghanistan. Those that I have talked to were tired, afraid, didn’t “feel like it”, and just wanted to go home, but they did not. Instead of sitting down, they stood up and they got the job done. They have protected these freedoms that we enjoy and they have brought freedom to many others on foreign soil. They stood up so that you have the right to sit down during the Pledge of Allegiance. And many, so many, continue to do so today.
As I mentioned earlier, there may be other students who, like you, “opt out” of standing and participating in the Pledge of Allegiance. They are going to follow your example and “support” you by making the same choice. Please consider the “power” that you now have. People are looking to you to make their next move, their next choice, based on what you do. Why don’t you use this power to make a change, to start a new “movement”? Instead of sitting, why don’t you stand? Instead of “opting out”, why don’t you go “all in”? Ask the school to tear up that letter from your mother or, better yet, why don’t you ask if you may tear it up in front of your fellow students? Tell them that you have decided to stand – not for the school or because of school policy or because some teachers are making you uncomfortable – but because you CAN for those who cannot. Stand for those who have not returned to their mothers and their homes and their families because they gave their lives for freedom. Stand for the “heroes” of World War II because age and failing health prevent them from doing so. Stand for the many Veterans who have lost their legs in defending freedom and can no longer stand. Stand for the few that have given so much for the many. Even if you are tired and don’t feel like it, Ray, stand for all of those who cannot because they sacrificed for you and for me in order for us to enjoy the amazing freedoms and rights that we enjoy. Please choose to stand, Ray, for the rest of your life for you will be standing for something much greater than you or I. Anyone can sit, but not everyone can stand, Ray.
I wish you all the best in your future pursuits. This Country needs strong young people who are willing to stand up for what is right and to stand for the values that have made America great. Stand, Ray, and see what a difference it will make in your life and the lives of others.
Very well said, Patrick!
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