2017-10-10 18:02:11 UTC
Texas Senior Suspended for Not Standing for Pledge of Allegiance
Lawsuit claims administrators were "whipped into a frenzy" by media coverage
of NFL players' protests.
Ed Krayewski|Oct. 10, 2017 11:15 am
Windfern High School, near Houston, suspended senior India Landry last week
because she refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, KHOU reports.
Landry had reportedly refrained from standing for months, but the school did
not treat it as a problem before now.
According to Landry's mother, the principal told her that her daughter would
not be allowed to return to school until she agreed to stand for the pledge.
Landry's mother has now filed a lawsuit against the Cypress-Fairbanks
Independent School District. The suit says the principal relented and
allowed Landry to return to class after a segment aired about her suspension
on the local news. But the Landrys had already decided to file a lawsuit
seeking unspecificed damages for a violation of her constitutional rights,
according to The Washington Post.
The lawsuit alleges that school administrators were "whipped into a frenzy
by the publicity of African-American National Football League players
kneeling for the national anthem." It also says that Landry was told her
school wasn't the NFL and that she would stand for the pledge like the
"other African-American students."
A spokesperson for the district declined to confirm or deny the details
surrounding the incident, telling Reason the district had not been served
with the suit yet but that they would "continue to review the situation
internally." According to the spokesperson, Landry is attending classes
The district's official policy is that a student may choose not to stand if
they have their parent's permission—which Landry had. But even asking for
parental permission is a silly policy. Forcing anyone to stand for the
Pledge of Allegiance runs contrary to the values the American flag is
supposed to represent. Schools should be places for learning, not for
mandatory displays of patriotism.