Required to stand for the Pledge?

Ann Althouse althouse at
Fri Sep 10 08:23:43 PDT 2004

A student cannot be forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance, but does a
student also have a right to refuse to stand during the Pledge? In this case
in Madison, a student was not required to stand but was "called to the
principal's office and urged to stand during the pledge even if she chose
not to recite it."

You can't tell from the article whether the student's objection is to the
"Under God" phrase or to showing respect more generally for the flag or for
the country. It's  notable, though, that she was told "at least stand to
show respect for your country."

This story is front-page news here in Madison.


Ann Althouse
University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, WI 53706


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