LITTLETON (CBS) – The principal of a Littleton school said a substitute teacher had good intentions, but should not have taken a knee while her class recited the Pledge of Allegiance on Thursday.

Russell Street School Principal Scott Bazydlo said in a letter to parents that the unidentified substitute teacher took a knee and spoke to students about her political views.

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Bazydlo said that Littleton Public Schools respects the rights of individuals to either participate or respectfully abstain from taking part in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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But the principal also said it is “imperative” to provide students with all sides of an issue to allow them to “form opinions with guidance from parents.”

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“While this topic is timely and does have educational merit, it should be addressed sensitively and age-appropriately by permanent faculty and inclusive of the beliefs of all children and families,” Bazydlo wrote to parents. “While well-intended, this conversation was not part of the classroom teacher’s plans and should not have taken place in the fashion it did.”