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Should Roberto Clemente school officials apologize?

On Tuesday, a Montgomery County mother demanded an apology from school officials at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown, where her 13-year-old daughter was escorted from class by school police for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Should school officials apologize? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith  |  February 23, 2010; 6:51 PM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The mother and child should be booted out of the country...what a pathetic peer example. That is why we are failing today...and it is the reason there is so much anger...because we tolerate this type of behavior.
well..ACLU....get ready because I intend to create quite a stink for you...and looking forward to it. I'll bet this idiot mother and child are at the bottom of the cess pool in intelligence and most likely one of those "obama, send me my check" new democrats that don't have a clue why they voted for him, only his skin.
And for fairness sake to your readers, we should be given their criminal background because if they did have any appreciation of their country, she would gladly be singing the anthem...but heck no...the kid is most likely failing, no discipline from home with one of those idiot parents that procreate without having the skills to raise it...and then the state will eventually have to care for it as she will wind up in prison because she has been taught to ignore and disrespect the law...Now how cute is that?...I dare you at this liberal rag to unveil the whole truth and not just the present demise.

Posted by: haic2000 | February 24, 2010 2:11 PM

Yeah! We should lock up everyone who uses their first amendment rights. Our fore fathers surely didn't envisions letting people who we disagreed with speak freely!

In line HAIC2000's comment, I think we should have a mandatory daily national moment of patriotic reverence where we could read from a little red, white, and blue book of anthems about the good ol' US of A. Those not participating would be obviously potential threats to our society and would make them wear some sort of armband or tattoo to identify them at all times. In times of trouble, we could easily round them up and send them to the heartland to work the soil and get in touch traditional values.

I hope this liberal rag will have the courage to stand up and declare that knowing the constitution and exercising your rights will lead to demise of this country and the entire world... maybe even the universe.

Posted by: sameder | February 24, 2010 2:35 PM

Let us suppose the student was a citzen of another country. Pledging allegiance to the US would be treason, wouldn't it?
Suppose she is religious and believes that pledging allegiance to a piece of cloth is idolatry and will land her in hell? Suppose she thinks the teacher is a hypocritical bitch, and she is too proud to give in to improper bullying?

Posted by: esbuck | February 24, 2010 2:45 PM

The flag is non denominational. It represents our country, our freedom and distinguishes us from the rest of the world. It is not too much to ask to state our allegiance to our country. If you dislike our country, please leave. Maybe you can relocate to Afghanistan, Mexico, Iran, or the pleasing countries of Africa. These other countries offer a different life and may be to your liking. Remember the pledge of allegiance is not an infringement of ones religious beliefs.

Posted by: hschaier | February 24, 2010 2:57 PM

Not only should the teacher apologize to the girl she should do it in front of the entire student body and the principal should also for allowing it.

And I will tell you what's wrong with democracy--people like HAIC 2000 can vote.

Posted by: legrand7 | February 24, 2010 3:00 PM

The 25% who voted 'No' need to go back and read the Constitution and the Supreme Court decisions that uphold it. They have no idea what this country or that document stands for.

Posted by: raynecloud | February 24, 2010 3:27 PM

As I understand the issue, the student was sent to the office for not standing during the Pledge. This is a different issue than being punished for not saying the Pledge. For many years I taught in schools where many children were either not US citizens or belonged to a religious sect who do not believe in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. These students stood quietly while others recited the Pledge. It is a matter of respect toward the country where one is.

Posted by: dgk612 | February 24, 2010 3:33 PM

The school should apologize and make all the teachers learn their own role. If "by the book" you don't have to do the pledge no one should force you to do it.
After McCarthy forced the "under God" line I myself don't like it to much either.
As in any other country, no foreigner should salute the flag before being a citizen, you don't sign the National Anthem if you are not a citizen and you Pledge to what you believe... if someone tries to force you into a god you don't believe in you are free not to do it,

Posted by: eduferrero | February 24, 2010 3:41 PM

'Remember the pledge of allegiance is not an infringement of ones religious beliefs.'
Posted by: hschaier

"One nation under God..."

Oh yeah? I'm sure you'd feel the same if it said "One nation free from belief in God". Right? Not an infringement of your religious beliefs, right?

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...", but kids should be forced by police to swear loyalty to "one nation under God"?

I say that your Pledge of Allegiance is in a head-on collision with my Bill of Rights, and your nasty little loyalty oath is way out of its league in that match.

Posted by: kevrobb | February 24, 2010 3:45 PM

Only in a liberal bastion of Maryland would people stoop so low as to have the school or teacher apologize for what this country stands for. Well tell ya what you limp wristed upscale wine sipping spineless pieces of garbage - press your precious rights in countries like Cuba, China, Iran and some backwards Africa nation and see what happens. Then come back here and tell us how you feel.

Posted by: zendrell | February 24, 2010 5:03 PM

Apparently, if Zendrell had his/her way, we would be exactly like the noted countries. Unbelievable . . .

Posted by: rwinger1 | February 24, 2010 7:09 PM

. . . and by the way, Zendrell, the rights noted are indeed precious.

Posted by: rwinger1 | February 24, 2010 7:11 PM

This is not a "student right" or policy issue. This 13-year-old girl was acting as a spoiled teenager. She was clearly challenging authority and trying to attract attention in a negative way. The most stupid and sad part of this story is the mother. Shame on her! Does she have a brain? Does she know anything about good parenting? I can not believe that she even ask for an apology! I will not be surprised and feel sorry for her when her daughter being in the jail, or living an unhappy life in the future. That will happen if they keep this kind of crap up. This bobble headed mother is not helping her child, but destroying her.
I can't believe how stupid she is. The school and the teacher do not owe her any apology!

Posted by: panda4 | February 24, 2010 10:38 PM

I am also surprised that there are more than just this mother who doesn't seem to have a brain. This is frightening!

Posted by: panda4 | February 24, 2010 10:46 PM

Not only should the school apologize, but the school should take a good long look at this teacher, who clearly has some unsolved anger management issues that make him a questionable fit for his profession. -- As for the yahoos among us who think there's some requirement to recite the Pledge, there isn't. I encourage my daughter not to just for the sake of proving to herself and others that she doesn't have to; it's frankly an insulting ritual unbecoming a great nation.

Posted by: thomasn5281 | February 24, 2010 11:06 PM

Taking this state's policies aside, I am not aware of many, if any, middle school students who like to stand for, OR say, the Pledge of Allegiance. Even many better-behaved students would continue to chatter over the recitation, and not stand, unless asked to do so. Plain and simple. Some middle school students are quite defiant when asked to do something they do not want to do. I don't know an educator out there who would not respond favorably to a student's legitimate objection, whether religious or otherwise, for not wanting to stand for the pledge. I have to wonder if this was a valid objection voiced to the teacher, or rather simple student insubordination that turned into a constitutional crisis once the child went home. However, if a teacher allows one student to remain insubordinate, he/she will have lost all management authority over a very difficult age group, so calling the resource officer was perhaps a way to wrest control back of a deteriorating classroom situation. I think the whole notion of reciting the pledge needs to be re-thought if teaching careers are on the line over it. Even as a child of the anti-war, anti-government era, who is totally onboard with constitutional freeddoms, I am shocked at the disrespect that is shown to the notion of pledging allegiance - not because students are forced to say it, but because they are asked to show simple courtesy by refraining from chattering and at least standing for the moment it takes to say it. Why are we bothering to waste classroom time with this when it is clearly not wanted?

Posted by: duffmama | February 24, 2010 11:58 PM

"Only in a liberal bastion of Maryland would people stoop so low as to have the school or teacher apologize for what this country stands for."

Several posters on this issue have expressed this or similar sentiments. What they don't realize is that the pledge actually is very much antithetical to what this country really does stand for. This is apparent just from PAYING ATTENTION to what the pledge actually SAYS. Most of the points in the pledge either are clearly and demonstrably not true, or are highly debatable. The "under God" part, for example. When I look at many of the things this country does, especially in terms of its foreign policy, and its flimsy justifications of thos policies, it's clear to me that God has NOTHING to do with that. And there's the "indivisible" part. Is the U.S.A. REALLY "indivisible"? Some might think the Civil War settled that issue, but it didn't, not really. All that happened then is that the Union forced the Confederate states back into the Union literally at gun point. The issue of whether the separatist states had the legal and moral -- i.e., constitutional -- right to secede from the Union has NEVER been settled in the courts. Lincoln even threatened to arrest the Supreme Court justices to prevent them from ruling on the issue. I identify seven points in the pledge of allegiance, and I have serious issues with every one of them. The pledge is a propaganda tool that is used to brainwash our children, pure and simple. I don't know why the 13-year-old girl did not want to recite it or stand for it, but she was perfectly within her rights to do so. -- Ron

Posted by: Jeebo | February 25, 2010 1:52 AM

with the right to freedom of speech comes the right not speak. but first check the reason. if it's just plain unamericanism, kick her butt out of the country. if you don't like it here, you're free to leave.

Posted by: icebluekoolaid1 | March 3, 2010 9:17 PM

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