An unidentified sixth-grade boy was arrested in Florida after he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at Lawton Chiles Center Academy on Feb. 4, in accordance to NBC Information.
The 11-year-old scholar allegedly known as the American flag and college leaders racist and claimed the nationwide anthem was offensive. Bay Information 9, an area information outlet, reported that the incident escalated right into a confrontation between the kid, college officers and officers from the Lakeland Police Division.
The boy was charged with disrupting a college perform and resisting an officer with out violence.
In accordance to a press release from the college district, the substitute instructor, Ana Alvarez, requested the coed, “Why if it was so dangerous right here [you] didn’t go to one other place to stay?” The boy replied, “They introduced me right here,” Alvarez stated.
Alvarez concerned the college’s workplace as a result of she didn’t need to proceed in partaking with the 11-year-old.
When the college useful resource officer went to the classroom, the boy reportedly refused to pay attention to a number of instructions. He additionally allegedly threatened to hurt Alvarez and get the officer and principal fired for the matter.
The coed’s mom, Dhakira Talbot, denied the allegations made towards her son. She additionally advised Bay Information 9 that the instructor was fallacious.
“She was fallacious. She was approach out of place,” Talbot stated. “If she felt like there was a difficulty with my son not standing for the flag, she ought to’ve resolved that in a approach totally different method than she did.”
Kyle Kennedy, a spokesperson for Lawton Chiles, stated college students aren’t required to partake within the Pledge of Alliance. Alvarez was not conscious of the coverage and can not work on the center college, in accordance to the Ledger.
The Lakeland Police clarified that the younger scholar was not arrested for protesting the Pledge of Alliance. “This arrest was based mostly on the coed’s selection to disrupt the classroom, make threats and resisting the officer’s efforts to go away the classroom,” a press release learn.
Talbot needs the costs made towards her son dropped “as a result of it shouldn’t have been dealt with the way in which it was dealt with.”