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Image of school’s Pledge of Allegiance opt-out form goes viral

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A form allowing students to opt-out from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance has sparked controversy after being shared thousands of times on social media.

A Florida student’s uncle uploaded a photo of the form on his Facebook page with the caption, “My niece brought this home from school today…What is happening to our country?!?”

The form reads, “I understand my rights as a parent and I request that my child, noted above, be excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. This request includes standing and placing his/her hand over his/her heart.”

WJAC reports the Florida school has always allowed for its students to opt out of the Pledge of Allegiance under state law, but this is the first year that the school printed the wavier in the student handbook.

Florida state law says “each district school board may adopt rules to require, in all of the schools of the district, programs of a patriotic nature to encourage greater respect for the government of the United States and its national anthem and flag” but public schools students can be excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance if they have written consent from their parents.

…The pledge of allegiance to the flag shall be recited at the beginning of the day in each public elementary, middle, and high school in the state. Each student shall be informed by posting a notice in a conspicuous place that the student has the right not to participate in reciting the pledge. Upon written request by his or her parent, the student must be excused from reciting the pledge…

Chapter 1003.44 Patriotic programs; rules – Florida Legislature 

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