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An 11-year-old Florida student refused to defend the oath of allegiance and was arrested for a confrontation with a teacher and a police officer.
The boy was arrested for causing unrest and denied repeated instructions from school and law enforcement personnel, said Polk County Public Schools spokesman Kyle Kennedy. in a statement. He was not arrested for refusing to participate in the pledge – even though students have the right to do so under Florida law and district policy.
The sixth student from suburban Tampa reportedly told his substitute teacher that the flag was "racist" and that the national anthem offended blacks, Bay News 9 quoted a statement from the district professor as saying.
In response, the teacher replied that she had asked the student why not go live elsewhere if it was "so bad here". She said that he replied, "They brought me here."
The substitute, identified by district officials as Ana Alvarez, said, "Well, you can always come back because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel more at home I would find another one. where to live. "
Alvarez said she had telephoned the office Feb. 4 because she did not want to continue to "deal with him," according to her statement. She no longer works as a substitute in the district, said Kennedy, and did not know that students were not required to participate in Pledge of Allegiance. The district will also review training for replacements, Kennedy said.
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The student of the Lawton Chiles Middle Academy was accused of disrupting the operation of a school and of having resisted arrest without violence, reported The Ledger. The Lakeland Police Department can not comment on the case because it concerns a minor and is charged with misdemeanor crime, said Information Officer Gary Gross in the United States , today, at TODAY.
The police would not arrest a student for not speaking during the oath of allegiance, said Mr. Gross, but in general would arrest a student for screaming, screaming, and uttering threats.
Dhakira Talbot, the boy's mother, told Bay News 9 that she wanted the charges dropped. She denied the affidavit relating to her arrest, accusing her son of threatening to beat the teacher, reported the channel.
"She was wrong. Talbot told Bay News 9. "If she felt like my son was not defending the flag, it's a problem she would have solved otherwise."
First Amendment rights prevent schools from requiring students to recite their pledge or salute the flag, the Supreme Court ruled in 1943.
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