A 14 year-old New Hampshire girl is claiming that she was bullied by her teacher after she refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance.
Fatima Smart is a student at Monadnock Regional Middle School in Swanzey, New Hampshire, and she’s outraged that her teacher told her to leave the room when she refused to stand for the patriotic pledge. According to American Overlook, Smart says the teacher bullied her when she lectured her about patriotism in front of the other kids.
“She kind of used me as an example in front of the class to say that, ‘You have to stand for the flag salute, or you can be like Fatima and wait outside,’” Smart said. The teen went on to say that she refused to stand for the pledge for political reasons.
“I don’t like our government at all,” she said. “I think they are making bad decisions, and I didn’t stand. I don’t like pretending to believe in something I don’t believe in to please others… They have their rights, and I have mine.”
Since in New Hampshire it’s voluntary to stand for the pledge of allegiance, Smart issued a formal complaint against the teacher months ago. Her parents are still waiting for an apology.
“They intimidated and humiliated our daughter, and it’s become a public spectacle because of their lack of humility to extend an apology,” complained her stepfather, Steve Boscarino.
Smart’s mother Kerry Boscarino believes her daughter was singled out by the teacher for other reasons.
“[The teacher] said that she was the daughter of a military man and found it offensive because of that,” she said. “But I really don’t think that my daughter sitting for the pledge is an attack on the military in any way, shape, or form.”
The Superintendent Keith Pfeifer told the press that the family is mistaken about this incident.
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