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  • 11-year-old student arrested after not standing for Pledge of Allegiance

    https://www.wftv.com/news/local/11ye...hVg4OaiQhR6S9c

    By: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

    Updated: Feb 17, 2019 - 6:48 PM

    LAKELAND, Fla. - A Florida mother is upset after her 11-year-old son was kicked out of school, suspended and arrested after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

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    The boy said the flag was racist and the national anthem was offensive to black people when a substitute teacher asked him to stand for the pledge Feb. 4, Bay News 9 reported.

    Why, if it was so bad here, he did not go to another place to live," the teacher wrote in a discipline report, Bay News 9 reported. He replied, "They brought me here."

    The substitute continued, "Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I'm not welcome here anymore I would find another place to live."

    She wrote that she then called the office because she did not want to deal with the student any longer.

    The sixth-grader, who is in the gifted program at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, was arrested and charged with disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence, Bay News 9 reported. The child, who was not identified, was taken to a juvenile detention center. He was also suspended from school for three days.

    "I'm upset. I'm angry. I'm hurt," the boy’s mother, Dhakira Talbot, told Bay News 9. "More so for my son. My son has never been through anything like this. I feel like this should've been handled differently. If any disciplinary action should've been taken, it should've been with the school. He shouldn’t have been arrested."

    Students do not have to participate in the pledge but the substitute teacher did not know this, a district spokeswoman told Bay News 9.

    The substitute is no longer allowed to teach in the district. The district is looking into the incident.

    "I want the charges dropped, and I want the school to be held accountable for what happened because it shouldn’t have been handled the way it was handled," Talbot told Bay News 9.
    "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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    Why, if it was so bad here, he did not go to another place to live," the teacher wrote in a discipline report, Bay News 9 reported. He replied, "They brought me here."
    Pete (often has this exact same conversation with people)

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    • #3
      If he's patient and plays it right, he'll get a big settlement, like Colin.
      At the precipice, we change!
      The problem with Capitalism is that humans run it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ronny View Post
        If he's patient and plays it right, he'll get a big settlement, like Colin.
        Due to sovereign immunity protection, the most he can get in tort is $200k... unlike Colin who undoubtedly settled in the seven figures.

        skooly (would still love to represent that kid)
        "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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        • #5
          $200k buys a lot of Beyblades.

          Pete (picks the toy his son is currently into)

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          • #6
            Isn't this a private school?
            "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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            • #7
              If it is, this case just got super juicy!
              They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
              -Mr. Raceboy

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