Micah Brienen was shocked when he saw the permission slip that his niece was sent home with from the school. “My niece brought this home from school today…” Brienen posted on Facebook in disbelief. “What is happening to our country?!?”
Micah’s niece attends school in Florida and the district is openly advocating for their students to give up the American tradition of reciting the pledge of allegiance in the classroom.
The permission slip reads, “I understand my rights as a parent and I request that my child, noted above, be excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. This request includes standing and placing his/her right hand over his/her heart.”
The mother of Micah’s niece sent the permission slip directly back to the school, with some choice words written on it. “This is the dumbest thing I have ever read and I am so ashamed of this.”
According to Breitbart, the Florida state legislature passed a bill this year that allows schools to inform parents of their legal right to exempt their children from taking part in reciting the pledge.
The Florida bill stems from a federal ruling in 2008 ruling which states that no student can be forced to recite the pledge and that a parent can excuse their child from participating in the pro-American ritual.