JonathonÂ M.Â Seidl, The Blaze
A public school in Brookline, Massachusetts is bringing back the Pledge of Allegiance. Except now, in a move that suggests the recitation and its words are controversial, the school is requiring parents to sign a permission slip so their kids can participate.
â€œItâ€™s uncomfortable. The pledge is a promise, and Iâ€™ve always taught my kids to think very carefully before making any promise. Itâ€™s not a decision I want to make for them,â€ parent Judi Puritz Cook, who has two sons at Devotion School,Â told the Brookline Tab.
According to a letter sent to parents last week by Principal Gerardo Martinez, the school is implementing the Pledge in order to comply with state law.
â€œIn order to meet the state legal mandate for public schools and to support our learning expectations, I will, once a week, as part of my morning announcements, recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag,â€ he wrote in the letter. â€œUnder our Constitution, neither teachers nor students can be mandated to participate in this exercise.â€
â€œI urge you to have a conversation as a family to help your children understand why I will be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and to support them in feeling comfortable and confident in the decision on whether or not to participate,â€ Martinez added.
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