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A Texas teen, known only by the initials " M.O"  has sued a Texas teacher after being bullied when refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to court reports, M.O. was told they would stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or they would fail anyone not standing. M.O. indicated that this kind of bullying when told " I have no choice but to give you a zero then," went on for two years until M.O. was encouraged to file a lawsuit.

“We live in a country where there isn’t justice and freedom for all, and so I’m not going to stand for a pledge that says there is,” M.O. was quoted as saying according to an article in the Daily Beast, which you can read here.

Now the courts have ruled this was against M.O.'s rights and was therefore awarded $90,000.00 in a settlement against M.O.'s former teacher. The settlement alleged that threatening M.O. with bad grades was bullying and not acceptable.

The controversy over having to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, or putting your heart to your hand for our National Anthem has been a hot topic for years now in professional sports, but what about in classrooms across the United States?

Do you think M.O. has a valid point when it comes to their refusal to stand during the pledge? If you don't believe you should have to stand for the pledge because you don't believe there is justice and freedom for all in your country, should you do based solely on the understanding you are being threatened?

Is this the beginning of the end of the Pledge of Allegiance in Texas classrooms?

According to, the original Pledge of Allegiance was written for all youth in countries all over the world. It read, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Read the full history of the Pledge of Allegiance and the amendments that were made to it over the last 100 years.

Let us know on the station apps or Facebook feeds about how you feel regarding students in Texas not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.

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