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11-Year-Old Boy Arrested for Refusing to Recite 'Racist' Pledge of Allegiance
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49566"><span class="small">Jay Connor, The Root</span></a>   
Sunday, 17 February 2019 15:10

Connor writes: "An 11-year-old boy was arrested at school for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, in addition to being disruptive and refusing to leave his classroom."

The American flag. (photo: iStock)
The American flag. (photo: iStock)

11-Year-Old Boy Arrested for Refusing to Recite 'Racist' Pledge of Allegiance

By Jay Connor, The Root

17 February 19


n 11-year-old boy was arrested at school for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, in addition to being disruptive and refusing to leave his classroom.

See what had happened was... Yahoo Lifestyle has the scoop:

On February 4th, the 11-year-old student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla., was asked, along with his classmates, to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, according to Bay News 9. Instead, the boy told his substitute teacher that the American flag is racist against black people.
The teacher recapped everything in a handwritten statement to the district. “Why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live,” she reportedly told him, and the boy responded, “They brought me here.”
She said, “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 added, “Then I had to call the office because I did not want to continue dealing with him.”

Shoutout to his substitute teacher for handling that situation completely wrong. Because if you want to dip, more power to you. But never tell a black person—whose ancestors built “the best country in the world” for free.99—to “go back” as a consequence for addressing equitable treatment. That’s not how this shit works.

The Lakeland Police Department tells Yahoo Lifestyle it cannot release public records on a juvenile misdemeanor arrest. Bay News 9 reports the boy was apprehended by a school resource officer because he wouldn’t follow directions, threatened the teacher with violence, and said the officer and the principal should be fired.
“I’m upset, I’m angry. I’m hurt. More so for my son,” mom Dhakira Talbot told Bay News 9. “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.” The boy told Bay News 9 that he never threatened the teacher.
“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 the station. She is reportedly working with the non-profit company the Poor and Minority Justice Association.

Of particular note, a public relations specialist for Polk County Public Schools told Yahoo Lifestyle that students aren’t even required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the substitute teacher in question is no longer welcome at any of their schools. The district handbook explicitly states that kids can opt out “upon written authorization from parent.”

“A student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy was arrested after becoming disruptive and refusing to follow repeated instructions of school staff and law enforcement,” said the specialist. “This incident followed the daily Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom. Unfortunately, a substitute teacher was not aware of this. We are looking into this matter, but this individual will no longer be allowed to substitute at any of our schools. Our HR department will contact Kelly Services (which provides our substitutes) to further refine how our substitutes are trained.”

Meanwhile, his mother is understandably pissed.

“She was wrong. She was way out of place,” Talbot told Bay 9 News. “If she felt like there was an issue with my son not standing for the flag, she should’ve resolved that in a way different manner than she did.”

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+4 # wilhelmscream 2019-02-17 18:02
Fox “News” gets this, facts will be distorted. That was a false arrest!
+4 # WIlhelmscream2 2019-02-18 08:08
False Arrest
+6 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-02-18 09:51
Behold here the brutal, odious & hugely foolish juggernaut of US Racism + Flag Idolatry ponderously rolling over an 11-year-old; not to mention a foolishly quarrelsome, insulting teacher who couldn’t turn the argument into a real learning experience: & now it has become the worst kind of teaching & learning.
+5 # Street Level 2019-02-18 14:07
Never Again is Now.
+1 # vituperative 2019-02-18 14:51
The US Supreme Court in 1943 held that one cannot be compelled to stand or recite either the Pledge of Allegiance or the National Anthem. Neither was adopted by the Founding Fathers. The Anthem was written by a slave owner in 1812 and the Pledge by a Minister around 1892. The Anthem was adopted in 1931 and the Pledge in 1942.

+2 # suzyskier 2019-02-18 15:35
An 11 year old? Calling the police? What does she think this is Nazi America? Unbelievable! That boy has rights and he knows them. She trampled them.
0 # sirimada 2019-02-18 15:53
The boy was right. Just read the 3rd stanza of the anthem and read a bit about the history of FSKey and the context of when he actually wrote the anthem and the racist over and under tones become very clear!
0 # rl2014 2019-02-19 00:50
Kootenay. It is very apt that you use the expression "flag idolatry". When my eleven year old, Black and Ethiopian Orthodox Christian son who is studying to be a deacon was seven years old he asked me to talk to his teacher, because he said that saying the pledge of allegiance to the flag was "idolatry". He told me at seven that he did not want to anger God by pledging allegiance to something besides God, so I went to the school and supported him in explaining it to the teachers. They proceeded to victimize my son constantly after that. I eventually took him out of school, when they also did not allow him to read at his advanced level, claiming that he could not understand the books that he was reading. Mind you, he was reading books that I had read in my childhood and discussing them with me such that I KNEW he could understand them. That's when I knew that I was dealing with a mixture of racism and idolatry. I decided to homeschool my gifted son and am now an American living abroad, so that he will not go through the police harassment that my elder son who graduated from UC Berkeley, although they wanted him to go to trade school in Maryland, went through. We lived in an affluent White neighborhood where the police harassed him almost every day on the way home, asking him to prove that he lived there. America is not safe for Black boys. I'm so glad that I got out and that he spent his formative years outside of the clutches of American institutions that scar Black boys.
0 # AldoJay69 2019-02-19 15:34
What's the job description of "resource officer?" When will we stop pissing away truckloads of money on this useless hysteria?
These mall cops are recycled, retired cops who wrote their own welfare program, just as wood shop teachers became technology guys.
Except the cop mind has infested schools with arrest, compliance, submission, tough-on-crime response.
Meanwhile, NO PROBLEM IS FIXED by the presence of these guys (are there any resource gals?), as Little Boy Talbot learned. And what did he learn? That might makes right. GOOD JOB!