High school student lobbies to get Pledge of Allegiance in Massachusetts classrooms, school says no

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Sean Harrington loves the Pledge of Allegiance so much, he’s pledged to get it in every classroom in his Massachussetts high school.

There’s only one problem: school officials said no.

Harrington, a senior at Arlington High School, has been lobbying the Arlington School Committee to require that the pledge be said in local classrooms every day, even presenting a petition signed by more than 700 people.

“It’s a living and breathing statement that … strengthens a bond a person has with their country,” the 17-year-old told the Boston Globe.

But his efforts hit a wall last week when the Committee came back with a tie vote – 3 to 3 – on a motion that would have required a daily, but voluntary, recitation of the pledge led over the school’s intercom system.

After the vote, a “heartbroken” Harrington told FOX News Radio, “It’s hard to think that something so traditional in American society was turned down.”

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