FALMOUTH (CBS) – A woman’s decision to exclude the pledge of allegiance from a Falmouth selectmen’s meeting is causing some controversy.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Laurie Kirby reports.

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On Monday, vice chair Melissa Freitag, who was running the meeting, decided to skip the pledge.

Falmouth Selectman Brent Putnam says Freitag went against board policy.

“She was exercising what she thought was her discretion, but in reality, the board had made this decision years ago to begin our meetings with a pledge, so it was, in essence, a board policy,” said Putnam.

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Putnam says Freitag had objected to the pledge when it was first discussed but had not voiced any opposition since then.

The board plans to reaffirm its pledge policy at a meeting this coming Monday.

Putnam says they been barraged with calls and emails from people upset by the decision not to say the pledge.

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030 has left messages for Freitag, but so far those calls have not been returned.