Skip to comments.American Student Punished for Refusing to Recite Mexican Pledge
Posted on 02/27/2013 1:35:57 PM PST by Nachum
A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance.
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The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girls constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem.
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In Texas? WTH happened to “Remember the Alamo”?
publik skoolz are publik skoolz, no matter where they are located. People need to get over the false notion that “my schools are different”... they ain’t
I think this is an attempt to retake Texas. And Arizona. And New Mexico. Etc.
The teacher, Ms. Santos should be in an unemployment line, not only for denying this student her rights but for breaking her own school district rules.
Doesn’t swearing allegiance to a foreign power disqualify your American citizenship?
When I was a Freshman at the Univ. of California the rule was first year u had to live in the dorms. Periodically the Resident Advisor required all tenants to attend some stupid indoctrination thing.
One time it was HOMO stuff:
They went around the big circle, and each had to introduce themselves, saying their name, “I’m xx and I’m GAY”.
It was to break down stereotypes, or something.
Tell these jerks to go pound sand.
How was she forced? Did they torture her?
All she had to do was not say it.
The “public school”, including the “charter school”, is BY FAR, the largest, most expensive, most subversive, and most destructive entitlement program in the country.
The “public school” is better understood as the “government school collective”.
It is silly to imagine that you can fix the public schools, because the very concept itself is collectivist.
Any child that comes out of the government school collective with their moral compass and common sense intact does so in spite of the government school indoctrination, not because of it.
To understand the content and compass of modern education, see ...
If you want to win the culture war, have lots of children (see my tagline) and homeschool them or form your own school cooperative with your church or synagogue and like-minded friends and relatives.
Nobody loves your children more than you do.
Nobody can teach your children better than you can.
Nobody knows your children better than you do.
Your children would love nothing better than to be taught by you, if you start doing so before they are corrupted by the government school collective.
It is hypocritical for you to submit your children to an authority with whom you fundamentally disagree. And your children will know it.
If you have children, make whatever sacrifices you must to get them out of the public schools.
DO NOT FEED THE BEAST!
Especially not with your own children.
And DO NOT TAKE GOVERNMENT “EDUCATION” MONEY!
He that pays the piper calls the tune, and that’s especially true for any government entitlement program.
I guess you can say anything in an educational setting. Except for POW or BANG BANG. Or some war-like or violent-type thing. Pledging allegiance to another country in school is the peaceful way of having a revolution. Oh, and you must not talk about homosexuality unless you approve of it.
On May 5th (Cinqo de Drinko) 2012 in Morgan Hill, California two boys showed up wearing T-shirt that featured very neutral American flags:
The principle called them into his office, telling them to CHANGE —they were insensitive.
They refused, were sent home, and then suspended.
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From the article:
When Brinsdon refused to back down she was punished, the lawsuit alleges. She was given an alternative assignment on the Independence of Mexico. The teacher gave her a failing grade and then required the student to sit in class over a period of several days to listen to other students recite the Mexican flag.
My son was “exposed” to this same kind of gay indoctrination crap when he was a freshman at Va. Tech in 2001.
What happens in a city that is 95% Mestizo, Illegal Alien, and Third World.
To force someone to pay homage to another flag, especially one that hates the US and sends its trash over....that is treason
Privatize education—all of it.
McAllen? Sounds like some of the school staff should be placed on a bus and transported across the border to MX to stay.
No grandson of mine will be forced to sing the MX National Anthem or pledge alegance to that place.
The DC maggots are sure trying to stir up Texas. They had best be careful what they wish for.
I pledge alegance to the US Flag and then the Texas Flag every month at meetings of a group I have been affiliated with since I was 21 (am 65 now). That organization was the first institution chartered in the Republic of Texas. That moment runs deeply here, regardles of what the news reports. You can take that one to the bank.
I have seen some of the homework assignments my niece gets, they are very very leftist
My children are grown. I have 1 grandson and he is not being brought up that way, although he lives in Northern VA. He has been in private school until just recently.
“The recitation of the Mexican pledge and the singing of the Mexican national anthem was part of a 2011 Spanish class assignment at Achieve Early College High School. The teacher, Reyna Santos, required all her students to participate in the lesson.”
This sheds a bit of light on the situation. I’m slightly relieved to know it’s not an everyday, school-wide function. But only slightly. Requiring to kids to recite/sing the pledge/anthem of another sovereign nation is a *lousy* class exercise for a foreign language class. And the so-called “alternative assignment” was BS too. What does the independence of Mexico have to do with learning to speak Spanish (which the girl already does, and fluently)?
The McAllen Independent School District Members probably ought to be be Tared & Feathered then road out of town on a rail.
The McAllen Independent School District Members probably ought to be be Tared & Feathered, then road out of town on a fresh split wood rail.
Not all private schools are immune to this crap. Hopefully the parents did their homework
They should have forced her to recite the SPANISH pledge of allegiance.
I have no problem with it. We did it in both my French and Spanish classes when I was in high school in the 70s. Of course the anthem was of Spain not Mexico. And as far as I know, they most likely still do it, as the foreign language requirements for that HS haven't changed in all these years.
Back then I took French. One class assignment was to translate La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.
That was in 1972! I briefly had an idea to through down an imaginary French rifle while reciting it, but Madame LeBoeuf would have had my head! She was much more Teutonic than Gallic!
Now they just use Google translate and worry about fixing the errors it leaves
Is it only prayer or can students in public schools refuse to say Pledge of Allegiance to America ...or stand when Pledge is being recited.......perhaps I’m wrong but thought I heard this reported. But, refusing to cite a pledge to a foreign county is worth a punishment?!
Good for Thomas More organization...enough is enough. This IS AMERICA and the Pledge of Allegiance to AMERICA IS THE ONLY PLEDGE that should be said in US schools, Courts, Official Bldgs, etc!! Does any other country ask their citizens to Pledge Allegiance to America??? Enough!
They cannot make a student recite the US pledge, school district policy but PUNISHES a kid for failing to pledge it to a foreign country.
yes, insane. The parents at that school, and any other school that pulls the same garbage, should protest big time!
Interesting - thank you for the input! I guess my own experience in foreign language class was a bit different than most. The only song I can ever remember singing in French class was “Alouette.”
I guess what bugs me about the incident in the story is that it feels like the instructor in question may have an agenda other than education in her lesson plan. An alternate assignment of reporting on the independence of Mexico seems awfully political to me. Especially since there are so many other Latin American countries where Spanish is the predominant language.
Just MHO, of course. I’ve been wrong before, and probably will be again in the very near future. :-)
I agree with you on the alternate assignment it should have been an alternative Spanish speaking country. That does make the issue political in my book.
Gaijin, That sounds exactly like an essay by Wendy Shalit that my son just read for college and wrote about: “A Ladies’ Room of One’s Own.”
Written in 1995 about just what you experienced - “I’m XXX and I’m gay/Latina/Whatever” - but from the point of view of a young conservative woman in a very liberal, ultra-PC college. It’s excellent.
The entire essay is here - it’s in TXT file - sorry about that, but it’s the only full version I could find.
This is what happens when parents are not involved