School Super: ‘I Loathe Telling Students They Don’t Have To Stand For The Pledge’
No student can be forced to stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance, but the superintendent of Santa Rosa, CA schools hates that he has to let students know that.
“I loathe having to tell a student that they don’t have to stand for the pledge,” Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick told WEAR. “It goes against what we teach in the classroom, that America is the greatest country in the world.”
The sign states: “Students are invited to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance to the flag of our country, but they are not required to do so.”
Despite Wyrosdick’s objections, the sign appears to be in line with U.S. law.
In 1943, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette that students cannot be forced to say the pledge and have the right to remain silent, CNN notes. Additionally, students cannot be forced to salute the flag.