Lawyer, School Officials to Meet Following Student’s Pledge of Allegience Complaint

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A Maryland student who says she was harassed by teachers and her assistant principal for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance just might get her wish for reform in the Montgomery County school district.

The 10th grade Damascus High student went to the American Civil Liberties Union after she felt the apology she received from the principal wasn’t good enough. ACLU attorney David Rocah heard back from the District Wednesday, and they agreed to talk. He hopes they can reach “a meaningful resolution.”

According to Rocah, the student just wants to ensure no other county student faces harassment for practicing a legal right.

“We think that there’s a really training issue that needs to be resolved within the school system to ensure that teachers and administrators know what students’ rights are,” he said.

He pointed out that the ACLU has received more complaints about Montgomery County schools on the pledge of allegiance issue than any district in the state.

The student, a Puerto Rico native, says her declining to say the pledge was her way of protesting against the U.S. policies there.

WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.


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