August 23, 2016
By, Lorra B.
A Tallahassee, Florida, public school has found itself at the center of controversy after sending students home with Pledge of Allegiance waivers.
The parents were asked to sign and return the waiver if they wished their child to be excused from Pledge of Allegiance participation.
According to Fox News, the notice stated:
“I understand my rights as a parent and I request that my child, noted above, be excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. This request includes standing and placing his/her right hand over his/her heart.”
Michah Brienen, a resident of Bonita Springs, Florida, was stunned by the waiver and thought the request his niece received was a joke. It was no joke.
“I was immediately shocked by it,” said Brienen. “I thought it was a fake.”
Brienen’s sister-in-law was also very surprised by the waiver and returned the form to the school with a message of her own. Her message read, “This is the dumbest thing I have ever read and I am so ashamed of this.”
Frustrated with this school and what they are teaching our children, Mr. Brienen decided to take this matter public and vented on Facebook.
“My niece brought this home from school today…What is happening to our country?!?” This initial post was shared more than 23,000 times.
Brienen does not usually jump on the political band-wagon on Facebook but he was still angry several days later and posted once again to Facebook asking friends and family to get involved by letting the school’s superintendent know exactly how they all felt about the situation.
“I thought it was definitely something that needed to be out on social media,” Brienen stated. “I believe it’s another stop in the progressive political movement to destroy the education system. We have a lot of American values and traditions that seem to be whittling away.”
What might surprise you is that this decision to present the waiver was made by Republicans, not just liberal Democrats, according to Fox News.
A spokesman for Leon County Schools, Chris Petley, stated that Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature voted into law Florida Statue 1033.44 that states, “to all school districts in Florida that, ‘each student shall be informed by a written notice published in the student handbook or a similar publication pursuant to s. 1006.07(2) that the student has the right not to participate in reciting the pledge.”
Brienen uttered the same sentiment that many are feeling, “If we don’t make a stand now – we might not have the Pledge of Allegiance in school.” “What’s next, removing the flags? It’s only the beginning.”
What will happen to patriotism in our country? Will our children grow up with the same Love of Country that we, our fathers and their fathers before them did? What will the impact for future generations be?
By, Lorra B.