(Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com)

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The Lafayette Parish School System is taking steps to address concerns about its policy on students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Advertiser reports officials are giving strong consideration to removing a policy requirement that students stand during the pledge, even if they do not recite it because of religious beliefs.

The district received a letter Wednesday from the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. That letter alleges that a junior at Acadiana High contacted the group after being "badly mistreated" by a teacher for opting out of the reciting of the pledge.

Superintendent Donald Aguillard said he and his staff have reviewed the letter, take the concerns seriously and are taking steps to address them.

The policy will be reviewed by the Lafayette Parish School Board in May.

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