Skip to comments.Arlington student's plea for the Pledge unsuccessful
Posted on 06/30/2010 5:53:00 AM PDT by Dayvester
Sean Harrington, a senior at Arlington High School, faced the School Committee on Tuesday with frustrated tears in his eyes.
He had just come tantalizingly close to realizing his dream: he wanted every student in the Arlington schools to have the chance to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of each school day.
But in spite of Harringtons impassioned speech citing mothers who lost children in Iraq and aging Baby Boomers left mentally shattered after Viet Nam, the committee vote was tied 3 - 3, and the measure failed.
School Committee members Joseph Curran, Cindy Starks and Chairman Joseph Curro voted to reinstitute the pledge, while Leba Heigham, Kirsi Allison-Ampe and Judson Pierce voted no. Jeff Thielman was absent.
Please its the last day! Sean pleaded after the votes were tallied...
...There is even a Massachusetts law making daily recitation of the pledge mandatory, but that law is routinely ignored because it contradicts federal court decisions that say compelling someone to say the Pledge of Allegiance violates freedom of speech.
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When I was in public school (Tennessee), 1950 to 1962, the pledge was said in home room every morning.
That was when America was the grand old USA.
Now it is the USSA.
Those were the good old days!
ding ding ding....they continue to impose their will upon the majority....
Having 3 members support the pledge was a shock.
Where is Joe McCarthy when we really need him? Anyone who votes against saying the Pledge of Allegiance is a communist and has NO PLACE serving in any government in the USA.
You have to see the Letter to the Editor last week complaining of a USO insert in the paper. She said she was canceling her subscription because of the “propaganda” portraying our military as the good guys.
“Where is Joe McCarthy when we really need him?”
....I think a new type of militant patriotism is going to arise in this country...it will be full of people like me who aren’t going to take it any more.
How can people like this be left alone with young children?
I think it's only about 10% hard core communist, but a lot of the rest of them go along with it.
Stand and pledge anyway.
When the board calls it ‘school disruption’,respond that you are taking a page from Bill Ayers playbook and practicing ‘political dissent’.
Turn the tables on the left and they get real agitated.
The vote was 3-3 with one not present, as close as it could possibly be without passing.
Something tells me that the vote was discussed and agreed upon before they walked into the room to have the least amount of controversy, but I’ve been wearing my tinfoil hat a bit tight lately also.
Too bad this doesn't happen in every school, every day.
at the risk of being flamed...
mandatory reciting of a pledge or oath means nothing.
make the country worth living in and the oathes of allegiance will come.
as a man of principles, and of my word, shouldn’t i only have to say a pledge once.
educate not indoctrinate, that goes both ways.
(donning flame resistant suit)
I don’t understand this. No one is stopping any student who wants to, from reciting the pledge whenever they want including in the morning before classes.
I have contacted my Brothers at the Arlington Knights of Columbus to see if this young man’s effort can be honored.
There ya go!
I grew up in Arlington and went to the public schools there.
I can remember reciting the pledge of allegiance in elementary
school, hand over heart,facing the flag.
Arlington was a nice middle class town with strong values.
It started to change in the 1970’s when young progressives
started moving in.
Not to flame you but I don’t care what you think. You learn to get along or get out. Most folks have figured out by the time they are adults how to respect the rights of others, or they’ve gone totally criminal and we’ve locked ‘em up to contemplate their futures.
Don’t count on it. Anyplace that’s run by Leftwingtards is usually staffed with corporate toadies who will bust your chops for getting out of synch with the party line.
Time to just do it and screw the courts. Let them enforce their BS.
I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness. We weren’t allowed to say the pledge but we were taught to stand out of respect. I don’t see why that little bit of common sense could not be applied to the town of Arlington (other than that there is a common sense shortage in Massachusetts).
Didn’t Arlington have a State Senator who was arrested for accosting multiple women in public?
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue - Proverbs 17:28
Signed up June 14, 2010 and it's already too late for you.
“but that law is routinely ignored because it contradicts federal court decisions that say compelling someone to say the Pledge of Allegiance violates freedom of speech.”
A forced pledge means about as much as a coerced confession.
Yes, met him once at Garden in the Woods. Seemed like a decent guy, didn’t accost me or my sister.
When I was in school (a long time ago), saying the Pledge was routine. No one ever gave it a thought. Of course, back then we didn’t have to have cops in our schools, either. The libs are destroying America bit by bit.
Love that photo & captioning the Utopian illogic (i.e. lack of common sense) of liberals.
Went to school with him.
You’re the only one talking about mandatory.
Even the student is smarter than you.
As I see it, the Pledge is a way of coming together and stating that we love our country and believe in it. I believe those who refuse to say the Pledge hate America.
I will not recite the pledge until the oozing carbuncle known as Barack Obama/Barry Soetoro is removed by impeachment or resignation or election from the White House.
Now, if someone comes up with a Pledge to the U.S. Constitution, I’ll gladly recite that every day
“at the risk of being flamed...
mandatory reciting of a pledge or oath means nothing.”
Arlington, home of MoonBat Pride:
Stand and pledge anyway.
When the board calls it school disruption,respond that you are taking a page from Bill Ayers playbook and practicing political dissent.
Turn the tables on the left and they get real agitated.
DO THIS: Organize the parents - secretly - and have a student walkout. Keeping this secret is of the utmost importance. If the school gets wind of your plans .. it will defeat the plan.
For every student who doesn’t show up at the school - THE GOVT WILL NOT PAY THE SCHOOL FED DOLLARS. Everything is based on the number of students.
While you’re organizing the parents - prepare for home schooling. Some parents will not be able to stop working, but those parents who are regularly home can be organized to teach a few children in each of their homes, and it’s a good time to teach them the difference between Liberty and Tyranny.
This method was tried in an Oregon city - and it scared the fire out of the school - and it only took a few days of no students (I believe) before THE SCHOOL CAVED to the parents wishes. The Oregon families did this perfectly. They had everything all set up and the school was in SHOCK when no students showed up.
Plus, tipping off the press only on the first morning of the protest also helps. There are the students and parents with their signs telling the story of how this school will not allow the students to recite the pledge. Powerful!
MONEY TALKS - USE IT!!
We said the Pledge when I was in junior high, and I remember saying it some in 9th and/or 10th grade (1984/1985). I know we said it at assemblies in 11th/12th.
from the above post...
There is even a Massachusetts law making daily recitation of the pledge mandatory, but that law is routinely ignored because it contradicts federal court decisions that say compelling someone to say the Pledge of Allegiance violates freedom of speech.
perhaps an apology from you is in order...
Yes, I’m sorry you can’t understand that you are the only one who thinks this is about making the pledge mandatory, even SCOTUS and the teen promoting the pledge realize it should be voluntary.
Compelling someone to support NPR and PBS is a violation of the First Amendment.