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?