The Brownsville Area School District and three officials were slapped with a lawsuit after a middle school girl's free speech was allegedly violated when she sat during the pledge of allegiance.
The officials were hit with a lawsuit on Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit, claiming that the student's right to free speech was violated when she decided that she would sit during the Pledge of Allegiance. She was also punished on several occasions because of her refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
According Times Online, attorney Witold J. Walczak alleged in the lawsuit that district officials cannot make any students stand for the pledge. The reason is because it violates their first amendment rights. Monetary damages are being sought and the filing also asks that the district will allow the student her constitutional freedoms.
According to WPXI, James Davis, school district solicitor, said that the district is going to do all they can to get the case sorted out.
According to New York Daily, the student's mother said that her daughter was not looking for trouble when she decided to stop standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. The student is apparently concerned with the state of the country today.
The complaint also says that the student, who is only identified as N.B., sat through the pledge up until April 17. That is when a teacher allegedly admonished N.B. and used references to her disrespect for all of soldiers who are overseas and dying for her.
When the student refused to back down, she started to get lunch detention as well as receiving in-school suspensions. The student's mother reached out to the school's principal and the school board as well as the superintendent but the discipline did not stop. The ACLU also warned them on several occasions.
Since the lawsuit has been filed, the student has not faced any more punishment for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.