High Schooler Claims She Was Expelled For Sitting During Pledge Of Allegiance

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A high schooler claimed she was expelled from her school for sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance, according to an October lawsuit.

India Landry, a former senior at Windfern High School in Houston, Texas, declined to stand for the pledge “because it goes against everything I believe in,” reported The Washington Post Sunday night. She had protested in such a fashion for months, but allegedly only got expelled for the act in early October.

“I don’t think the flag is for what it says it’s for, liberty and justice and…all that,” said Landry to KHOU. “It’s not obviously what’s going on in America today.”

Kizzy Landry, the former senior’s mother, sued Windfern principal Martha Strother and Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District for undetermined punitive and exemplary damages.

School officials reportedly told the younger Landry that “this isn’t the NFL” and the girl’s mother alleges that Windfern administrators had been “whipped into a frenzy by the publicity of African-American National Football League players kneeling for the national anthem.”

“A student will not be removed from campus for refusing to stand for the Pledge,” Windfern told KHOU. “We will address this situation internally.”

Strother told the elder Landry that her daughter could come back to school and protest the Pledge; the Landrys proceeded to sue the principal and school district.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schools could not force students to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance in 1943.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Strother for comment, but received none in time for press.

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