Student, 11, arrested after refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance

    Student, 11, arrested for not reciting Pledge of Allegiance at Tampa-area school (Photo/video: Bay News 9 / CNN Newsource)

    TAMPA, Florida - A substitute teacher will no longer be allowed at a Florida school district following the arrest of an 11-year-old student who refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

    According to a Tampa media outlet, the student refused to stand for the pledge, telling a substitute teacher that the flag is racist and offensive to black people.

    The exchange continued between the substitute teacher and the student, with the teacher admitting that she told the child that he should find another place to live.

    Things escalated when the student was arrested for refusing to follow commands and being disruptive. An arrest affidavit also states he threatened to beat the teacher.

    The student's mother says the accusations are not true and she wants the charges dropped.

    The school district said students are not required to take part in the pledge, but it appeared the substitute teacher did not know that. The matter remained under investigation and the substitute teacher will no longer be allowed to work at any of its schools, according to the district.

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