An Indiana mother is suing the school board because a teacher punished her son for not standing for the pledge of allegience.
The 8-year-old boy told his teacher refused to stand for the pledge in the morning because he was protesting the US government which he claimed was “racist, greedy and does not care about people.”
His teacher, Kelly McFarland, reacting like any other American, had told the boy “leave the country” before grabbing him by the wrist and dragging him to the principal’s office. Now, the mother is seeking damages from the school.
The school district’s attorney Jonathan Mayes has said in response to the law suit, “The school corporation is reviewing the complaint with its counsel and has no comment at this time.”
The Daily Mail reports:
The child’s mother is now seeking compensation and punitive damages – in addition to attorney fees, the Tribune Star reports.
The lawsuit names both Fuqua principal Mary Beth Harris and teacher Kelly McFarland.
Harris is reported to have taken the boy out of the lunch line the same day and made him recite the Pledge with her as ‘practice’.
The lawsuit states the boy was ‘made to feel that he had done something terribly wrong and was in trouble’.