Brookline Parents Need To Sign Off On Pledge Of Allegiance

BROOKLINE (CBS) — The pledge of allegiance is causing a stir in one local school.

Devotion School in Brookline sent a letter home to parents informing parents the pledge would soon be recited weekly. It included a form for families to sign off on whether their children would participate.

WBZ News Radio’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

A weekly pledge is the district’s policy.

“We had parents in some schools, including Devotion, raise the issue that it hadn’t necessarily been happening on weekly basis in all schools,” said Bill Lupini, the Superintendent of Schools in Brookline.

The letter led to questions and concerns. The principal, Gerardo Martinez, clarified the letter Wednesday saying, “Providing a response to this section is not mandatory; instead, it is hoped that you will engage in a conversation with your children. We respect your children’s right to opt in or opt out.”

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.

There is a state law requiring a daily recitation of the pledge, but the court has ruled students and teachers can’t be forced to participate.

Brookline school officials say some have questioned the words “under God” in the pledge. Those words were “added” to the pledge in 1954.

  • Junior

    At my school, the pledge is recited daily before the morning announcements. The recitation of the pledge SHOULD be required daily everywhere in this country, and thankfully is in this state.

    • Just sayin'

      and everyone should eat oatmeal for breakfast everyday because I like it and think ever one should eat it ever day, just like me.
      see where I’m going here? I don’t think anyone has the right to tell me what I will pledge my alligance to and that is what the school district is forcing the children to do.

      • Jean

        Just sayin’, this is a public school and public schools should say the Pledge of Allegiance EVERYDAY and ALL children should at the very least stand our of respect for our country. Instilling a sense of allegiance to your country won’t harm your child, in fact it will probably make them a better person. If you don’t like that policy, you are free to send your child to a private school.

  • Harry

    kids don’t have rights!

    • Ethan Goroff

      Excuse me they interviewed me and i go to school there and i have a strong opinion so shut your mouth mr.

      • Chris herr

        yo Ethan post dis on fb

  • Tom

    These idiot kids and left wing nuts…RESPECT YOUR COUNTRY!! If you don’t want to recite it, fine…stand there quietly. If you can’t bring yourself to do that, then leave the friggin country.

    • stay out of my business

      I guess having an opinion against something like the pledge makes me a left wing nut. I don’t believe that children should be forced to say the pledge in class unless they want to and/or the parents want them to. As I kid I often wondered what the big deal was…it was a bunch of words and I didn’t understand them and thought it weird that we could say the pledge but don’t you dare pray or talk about god.

      • Bruce

        The same wing-nuts who won’t let you say the pledge are the same ones who won’t let you pray. But I agree if it’s not to your liking just stand politely for a moment of silence.

  • Bruce

    Did you ever go to the cemetary and talked to a deceased loved one??? you’re talking to a memorial stone not that person. Pledging the flag is the same thing speaking thru the flag you’re saying you appreciate all your freedoms those before us fought so we could have the lives we do….. Remember it’s a symbol of many people’s sacrafices to the life we’re able to live

    • Reader09

      Well said

  • meg

    Do we still live in the USA, the Pledge is part of being an American. Why should it even be discussed. Why is it we have to accomodate everyone who comes to this country to live. I’m sure if we moved to any country we would have to adapt to their ways. Stop reporting stupid news made by stupid people.

  • Jean

    The Pledge of Allegiance should be said everyday and not once a week. I can’t believe that it was stopped. This is the United States and this is part of what we do in public schools. It is my belief that EVERYONE should stand during this time out of respect for our country.

  • blackbear1

    I can’t believe we are actually having this discussion, or that someone has brought this forward in such a manner. How can anyone say, it is their choice to pledge or not?? Or that they never understood why they had to recite a bunch of words?? Where have we gone or where have we been led to and by whom?? Patriotism and love of country should be an automatic response!!

  • mikey

    In this country a person has the right ” to remain silent.” No child in any school is compelled to recite the pledge of allegiance.

  • cynic

    If the Pledge had any purpose except mind control I might agree.

  • hackwannabe

    The Pledge should be said everyday, like I did when I was in school.

    The schools want all the Money that the United States gives to them, How about we only give them 1/5 the amount we give them now? Then maybe they would change their Tune.

    And these “educators” are shaping our youth No wonder we are in the predicament that we are in now.

  • massman

    Remove the phrase, “under god” and we won’t have any problems. Until that happens, and it will eventually, tere will be a constant battle over the pledge of allegiance.

  • DStein

    Often wonder why the people that hate this country are still here? Just leave if you don’t like it here. You have almost 200 other countries to choose from.

    • cynic

      If you don’t love it leave it….But never ever try to improve it.

  • concerned American

    Oh please, can we make this stop now?
    Minors do not have the right to choose anyway.

    • cynic

      I’m thinking of Pedeophiles and Abusiver Parents…Minors have more rights than you think.

  • Emmit066

    The Pledge of Allegiance, it’s meaning, and the history behind it should be taught to all students. It’s best to understand something before blindly following it.

    Whether you stand and recite it or not is up to you. Just remember that many men and women have died in the service of our country so that you have the right to recite it or not recite it. I’m not saying that to be a jerk, far from it. We live in a country that allows us the freedom of speech (whether we like what is said or not). So long as people do not forget the sacrifices made in the past by our forefathers, we will continue to be a great nation.

  • cynic

    The Us isn’t The GREATEST country on Earth. It just happens to be where WE live. Billions of other people are perfectly happy with thire Country…They just aren’t as inclined to stuff it down everyone else’s throat as we are.

  • Mike Davis

    Under the 14th Amendment in the constitution it states, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States…” This means that the government cannot enforce a law which impinges a citizen’s freedom. If one chooses that they do not wish to say the Pledge of Allegiance, they may respectfully choose not to do so. Forcing someone to do something that they wish not to do is ethically wrong. Becuase no one is being harmed or physically hurt by not saying the Pledge of Allegiance, it would seem that making it mandatory would be interferring with someone’s freedom. Making the Pledge of Allegiance mandatory is unconstitutional.

  • Hrans A Guuten

    Brookline school officials are employing several sex offenders that are NOT registered in the district. hows that for LIBERAL?

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