FL Student Reprimanded for Taking Knee During Pledge

A Florida first grade student was reprimanded in front of classmates after taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance in September 2017. The student’s mother publicized the event after she was dissatisfied with how the teacher and school responded. According to a school district representative, “State law says that the only way that a student can be exempted from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is if they have a written request from their parent and even then the law says that they still have to stand.” This is a violation of the student’s first amendment right to free speech per the 1943 Supreme Court ruling in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette,