Lafayette School Board Members Discuss Pledge Issue
I recently reported a controversy over an Acadiana High student's refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. It's become a hot button issue. a teacher allegedly berated a student for his refusal to stand for the pledge, citing religious beliefs. the Appignani Humanist legal center sent a letter to superintendent Dr. Donald Aguillard, and Acadiana High principal David LeJeune claiming the student's constitutional rights were being threatened. The matter is slated for discussion at the May school board meeting. The Advertiser reports, a policy change will meet stiff opposition. Board members say parents are opposed to doing away with the pledge requirement.
“Parents are telling me that the requirement should stay. I feel it should remain. It’s the right thing to do, to stand when we recite the pledge. That’s what I’ve been hearing from people. I’ve gotten some emails about it, and all of them support standing during the pledge.” - Board member Mary Morrison
Another board members says military veterans have suggested the student excuse himself from the room during the pledge. One thing appears almost certain. debate on the issue will be very animated.