Another Student Punished For Refusing To Do Wrong

What’s next?  We’re expelling college students for refusing to stomp on the name of Jesus, and now we’re punishing children for refusing to pledge allegiance to another country.

A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance.

The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem.

Brinsdon, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and an American father, refused. She believed it was un-American to pledge a loyalty oath to another country.

Ironically, the school district has a policy that prohibits a school from compelling students to recite the American Pledge of Allegiance.

The recitation of the Mexican pledge and the singing of the Mexican national anthem was part of a 2011 Spanish class assignment at Achieve Early College High School.  The teacher, Reyna Santos, required all her students to participate in the lesson.

When Brinsdon refused to back down – she was punished, the lawsuit alleges. She was given an alternative assignment on the Independence of Mexico. The teacher gave her a failing grade – and then required the student to sit in class over a period of several days to listen to other students recite the Mexican flag.

And while she is fluent in Spanish and English and is proud of her Mexican heritage, Brinsdon is a “true-blooded American,” Mersino added.

Mersino said it was especially troubling to watch video of students in the class standing up, extending their arms straight out, palms down and reciting the pledge of a foreign country.

“It’s disturbing – it truly was troubling,” she said.

I often wonder about the irrational attachment to ancestral countries which is often cultivated in the US.  People immigrate to the US because the nation and culture they came from were failed nation’s and cultures and failed the people who came here.  It is truly disheartening to see that some pinheads think it’s a good idea to have children pledge their allegiance to another nation, which has failed so many.  I would understand a 1st generation immigrant’s nostalgic fondness for a homeland, but, reality is reality.

That Spanish teacher should be removed from contact around any children in such a situation.  Clearly, she’s incapable of making proper decisions in an adult supervisory role.

Perhaps, the instructor should brush up on the meaning of the world “pledge” and the connotation and meaning it holds in English.

Why are our children subjected to this madness and these people?

Read more here and here.

h/t Kim

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25 Responses to Another Student Punished For Refusing To Do Wrong

  1. Latitude says:

    This has nothing to do with this post……because you’re making my head explode!

    BIR called from Paris, said there’s a run on the banks there today….a couple banks had to close early because they ran out of cash!….not a word on our news so far
    ..it’s a result of this again….

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/27/us-cyprus-parliament-idUSBRE92G03I20130327

  2. PhilJourdan says:

    Nations of origin are examined mostly in an ancestral sense. It helps to know where they came from to know why they came in the first place. beyond that, about the only use for it is so that you can tell ethnic jokes about your ancestral homeland.

    Mexico is a nice place – for the most part. It is also a stark place where the middle class is indeed small, and the poor very large. Only a fool wants to make the US like Mexico, and indeed, none of the US is, by history, part of Mexico except the Gadsen Purchase (let them have it back – just refund the money). What is commonly referred to by some as part of “Mexico” never was. It was a territory governed by Mexico for a very few years, in between the Spanish relinquishing control to the new government (a puppet of France due to the Napoleonic wars) and the acquisition by America. Farther back, it was the roaming grounds of dozens of native American tribes. At no time did Mexico try to colonize or settle the lands. Some Spanish did. As did some English, Mexicans, French, Dutch, Germans, and any other ethnicity you can care to throw at it.

    All these idiots are doing (the La Raza idiots) is trying to grant Mexico an Empire status- one it never independently enjoyed. They cannot govern their own land, so no one with an ounce of credibility think they can govern a larger land. Except American Educators. Who must be bigger idiots than anyone else.

  3. tckev says:

    McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem.
    “…school district has a policy that prohibits a school from compelling students to recite the American Pledge of Allegiance.

    WTF!

  4. Bruce says:

    Seems to be the latest progressive strangeness. Powerline has this today in response to the stomp on Jesus’ name story:

    Missouri State University, for example, punished a social work student because she was unwilling to sign a letter saying she supported gay adoption. Meanwhile, at Rhode Island College, a conservative social work student was told he would have to lobby the government for progressive causes in which he did not believe if he wished to graduate.

    The interesting thing for me is that this behaviour is certain to turn disinterested apolitical types into strongly committed partisans for the other side. People don’t like being made to do crap like this, and the result is blowback.

    • suyts says:

      Yeh, but, the progressives today, they’re not very bright.

    • kim2ooo says:

      Seems to be the latest progressive strangeness. [ my bold ]

      This is the trouble when we allow others to label themselves.
      IMO; We need to take that “progressive” label, they gave themselves, and destroy the connotation they wish us to associate with their causes.

  5. HankH says:

    I was taught by my parents that being the grandson of Welsh coal miners doesn’t make me Welsh and especially not a Welsh American. Wales is my family’s country of emigration, not my national identity. I’m an American, period.

    Young adults coming out of high school and college have been so confused by the new socialist dogma of multiculturalism and diversity appreciation they don’t know what the hell they are.

    I’m impressed that Brenda Brinsdon knows what she is and had the courage to make the distinction known. She must have good parents.

    Reyna Santos and anyone in her high school administration that supports her need to be flipping hamburgers, not educating our children.

    • cdquarles says:

      Um, do you really want these types working at McDonalds? I sure don’t. These types would refuse to clean up and either spoil the food or burn down the restaurant.

  6. Dodgy Geezer says:

    I often wonder about the irrational attachment to ancestral countries which is often cultivated in the US. People immigrate to the US because the nation and culture they came from were failed nation’s and cultures and failed the people who came here. It is truly disheartening to see that some pinheads think it’s a good idea to have children pledge their allegiance to another nation, which has failed so many.

    Of course, the obvious example here is that of the Irish, who have moved from a country with a religious hatred of the English to a country which tends to get on quite well with them. It is amusing to see 4th generation Irish-Americans hurling insults at the British Crown and maintaining Catholic Irish traditions, and then finding out that their ancestors were in fact from Northern Ireland – the most fiercely loyal of any of the Crown’s subjects, and great enemies of the Catholics…

    • PhilJourdan says:

      I can well understand any animosity the Irish would have for the English. But taking it out on each other has always confused me. Not that I do not understand that irrational hatred exists, but part of the “loyalty” of the Northern Irish is the feeling of persecution from the Catholics. And a major part of the violence of the Irish Catholics is due to the middle ages persecution of Catholics by the English Crown. So the anger seems misdirected in part (I know the IRA targets the English a lot, but not exclusively).

    • kim2ooo says:

      I have some harsh words for many adults.

      If you don’t know what we are being taught or rather more importantly, not taught…what do you expect?

      If you don’t take a part in choosing / vetting our curriculum ….

      • DirkH says:

        Kim, the purpose of a school is to test whether students can repeat whatever the teachers present them. The students can have some extra fun finding out where the teachers are wrong, but don’t tell them, they don’t like that.

    • DirkH says:

      Pretty amazing that even communists can’t get the concept of communism right (there is no state in communism).

      • kim2ooo says:

        Explain , please.

        I thought communism was all / in favor of / the state?

        • Jim Masterson says:

          Socialism is just a transitory stage on the way to Communism. True Communism is a stateless. classless, (and moneyless) society, with common ownership of the means of production. True Communism has never existed, but they keep trying–no matter how many they have to kill.

          Jim

        • kim2ooo says:

          Aha! Thank you! 🙂

        • DirkH says:

          And furthermore, to my knowledge Marx does not explain how the transition from an all-encompassing socialist state to the stateless communism is supposed to happen; he gives no reason why the all-powerful state would seize to exist… I suppose from boredom… The Stalin or Castro who would be the boss of that socialist state would simply get bored of having total control over everything and everyone…

          Check up on Venezuela. Maybe when they don’t replace Chavez they manage to transition to the fabled communism…

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