Teen Suspended For Sitting During Pledge Of Allegiance


A 17-year student was suspended from her school in Houston, Texas, on Monday for not standing for the pledge of allegiance.

Her attorney Randall Kallinen, who specializes in civil rights cases, reportedly filed a lawsuit against the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District and Landry's high school principal on Saturday. But last Monday, Landry was in the principal's office at the time of the Pledge of Allegiance.

India Landry had sat for the Pledge hundreds of times at Windfern High School without incident, she said.

"I don't think the flag is for what it says it's for, liberty and justice and ... all that", she told KHOU.

Nicole Ray, a spokeswoman for the school district has said she is not aware of the lawsuit but that a "student will not be removed from campus for refusing to stand for the Pledge," before adding, "We will address this situation internally".

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At Windfern High School, India and other students are required to stand during the pledge, even if they don't recite it.

"I don't want to stand for something that doesn't represent what I'm going through", she said.

"Students can not be instantly expelled except for being a danger,"said lawyer Randall Kallinen".

India says her protest was inspired by both police brutality and Donald Trump and that she was surprised when she was finally reprimanded: "I said I wouldn't [stand], and they said you are kicked out of here", said India.

Much like many schools across the country, Windfren high school policy now allows students to choose not to recite the Pledge, but still requires them to stand.

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"She was damaged. You can't just throw people out of school", Kallinen said. "I'm proud of her for standing up to what she believes in".

"This is not right", Landry told the Houston Chronicle.

Strother said that sitting was "disrespectful and should not be allowed" and suggested that instead of refusing to stand for the pledge, India should "write about justice and African Americans being killed". "It's not obviously what's going on in America today", India said. "I don't want other children to be treated like this".

Administrators at the school had "recently been whipped into a frenzy" by the controversy caused by NFL players kneeling for the national anthem, according to the lawsuit.

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Trump also said if fans leave the stadium when players kneel during the national anthem, "I guarantee things will stop".