An 11-year-old student was arrested after refusing to defend the oath of allegiance and claiming to have told a teacher that "the flag was racist and the national anthem offensive to blacks" , according to information.
The boy, a student of the Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla., Was charged with disrupting the operation of a school and withstanding a non-violent arrest at the school. February 4 explosion, according to Bay News 9.
He was also suspended for three days.
His mother, Dhakira Talbot, said the officials had pushed things too far by arresting her son, who she said is part of a gifted class and has already been bullied.
"My son has never experienced such a situation. I think it should be managed differently, "she said. "If disciplinary measures were to be taken, it should be with the school. He should not have been arrested. "
The upheaval of the class occurred when a substitute teacher, Ana Alvarez, ordered the boy to defend the oath of allegiance.
When he told her that he believed the flag was racist and the anthem offensive, Alvarez asked him "why, if it was so serious here, he would not have gone to live elsewhere", said the teacher in a statement addressed to the school district.
The teacher said that he replied, "They brought me here."
Alvarez then told him, "Well, you can always go back there, because I came from Cuba and the day I feel like I'm no longer welcome here, I would find another place to live. "
She stated that she used the main office "because I did not want to continue dealing with him".
The student was also said to be a racist school leader, threatened with dismissing the officer and school director and hitting Alvarez on an affidavit of arrest.
He denied having threatened to hit the teacher during an interview with Bay News 9 with his mother.
Polk County Public Schools spokeswoman Kyle Kennedy insisted that the boy was not arrested for not keeping his promise.
"Students are not obliged to participate in the pledge of allegiance," he told The Ledger.
The sixth year was stuck "after being disturbing and refused to follow the repeated instructions of school staff and law enforcement," he added.
Kennedy said that he could not discuss the boy's discipline. Alvarez will no longer work as a substitute teacher in Polk County, he said.
"Our human resources department will be contacting Kelly Services, which provides our substitutes, to refine the training of our replacements," Kennedy said.