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.

Comments (27)
  1. Junior says:

    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.

    1. Just sayin' says:

      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.

      1. Jean says:

        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.

  2. Harry says:

    kids don’t have rights!

    1. Ethan Goroff says:

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

      1. Chris herr says:

        yo Ethan post dis on fb

  3. Tom says:

    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.

    1. stay out of my business says:

      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.

      1. Bruce says:

        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.

  4. Bruce says:

    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

    1. Reader09 says:

      Well said

  5. meg says:

    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.

  6. Jean says:

    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.

  7. blackbear1 says:

    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!!

  8. mikey says:

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

  9. cynic says:

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

  10. hackwannabe says:

    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.

  11. massman says:

    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.

  12. DStein says:

    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.

    1. cynic says:

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

  13. concerned American says:

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

    1. cynic says:

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

  14. Emmit066 says:

    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.

  15. cynic says:

    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.

  16. Mike Davis says:

    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.

  17. Hrans A Guuten says:

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

  18. When the entertainer at the event in this case it’s an athlete that refuses to stand for the flag in center field durring pledge, thus insulting the guests they are not the same as some one elsewhere not doing so- they should even stand for the opposite country and teams anthems as well when told to do so by their boss. It’s not free speach in that fashion it is a ” Hate Crime Form of Speach” and should be removed – it causes people to get inflamed since a message of hate is directed at them – they should not be allowed on the feild at the fore front position of the ceremony tormenting them. The athletes at pro and even high school games – their protest is not free speech – they are not there to simply play a game. They are putting on a show , putting on an event, they are part of the shows staff, they are part of the events staff and the y overall event. In movies etc actors must be a part of the show they put on as such they when in front of the public down on the field walk out to the center stage they are supposed to perform and be apart of whats going on – meaning they should stand and salute the flag or get off the field and go home since they have decided they will not participate in the show the event that the group they joined is a part in. They are not the same as people in a crowd watching the event by no means and no court ever ruled that freedom of speech is no infringed by someone in an event on center stage that is paid to do a job that they turn around and decide they will not do – their job is not to just play a game but to promote the event the sport the game etc… its all there show since the athlete in the center of the field m, as well as all those apart of the show entertainers they are as such no one refuses to stand for either home team or guest team anthems it’s insulting to the audience they are meant to please.

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