Does Pledge of Allegiance Force Instead of Encourage Patriotism?

Oct. 2 started pretty much like any day for India Landry, a senior at Windfern High School in Houston.

The only difference on that day was the fact that Landry was ill and in the principal’s office instead of the classroom.

When the school began reciting the pledge of allegiance, Landry stayed seated like she had done everyday for over a year.

However, the principal expelled her from school for not standing during the pledge of allegiance although forcing a student to stand and recite the pledge in public schools has been deemed an unconstitutional violation of a student’s First Amendment rights.

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