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High school senior expelled for refusing to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

(KHOU 11 News)

Inspired by the NFL kneeling protests during the national anthem that have stirred up much controversy over the last few weeks, India Landry, a 17-year-old senior decided to stage her own protest at her Houston high school. Landry claims that for the past school year, she has been refusing to “stand for the pledge because it goes against everything I believe in,” a move that barely got noticed — until it got her expelled on October 2, when school officials told her “this isn’t the NFL.” Kizzy Landry, the girl’s mother, has now filed a lawsuit against the school, which claims that the school assistant principal had warned her she “was going to stand for the pledge like the other African-American in her class.” When she refused, the lawsuit says, she was told, “Well you’re kicked outta here.”

The school district claims no students from campus for refusing to stand for the pledge, but did not provide further details, saying that it would “address this situation internally.” According to the lawsuit, her mother repeatedly tried to convince the school to lift the suspension, but was told her daughter “must stand for the pledge to be let back in at Windfern.” Only after a local TV news story on the controversy aired, India was allowed to return to school, and remain seated during the pledge.

Read the full story The Washington Post.


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