California Teacher Who Bragged About Having Kids Pledge Allegiance to Pride Flag Removed From Classroom
“I just could not believe how ignorant she seemed to be.”
This is an update to a story we ran two days ago. This teacher needs to rethink her profession.
NBC News reports:
OC Teacher Removed From Classroom After Pride Flag Pledge of Allegiance Video Goes Viral
There are just over 160 students at Back Bay/Monte Vista High School, a small alternative education high school in Orange County. But one teacher’s video about how she handles the Pledge of Allegiance in her classroom is making waves far outside the school’s walls.
The sign for the high school was surrounded by dozens of small American flags on Monday, looking like a Memorial Day display. All of the red, white and blue was in response to a TikTok video posted by teacher Kristan Pitzen.
She tells her students they can stand or sit, say the words or not, during their daily announcements and Pledge of Allegiance.
“So my class decided to stand and not say the words… totally fine,” Pitzen says in her viral video about her approach to the Pledge.
She goes on to explain that there is no American flag in the room where she teaches.
“It used to be there, but I took it down during COVID because it made me uncomfortable,” she says in the video. But one day, a student commented on the lack of flag.
“But my kid today goes, ‘Hey, it’s kind of weird that we just stand and we say it to nothing,'” Pitzen said, adding that she told the student she is working on finding it.
“In the meantime, I do have a flag you can pledge your allegiance to. And he looks around and goes… oh that one?”
Pitzen then pans across her classroom to a pride flag tacked to the wall.
Early Monday morning, a small rally was held in front of the school as people gathered to show support for the American flag.
“Just super disgusted,” parent Stephanie Cox said in reaction to the video. “I just could not believe how ignorant she seemed to be.”
Outraged parents have been asking the Newport Mesa Unified School District to discipline Pitzen. They responded, in part: “Showing respect for our nation’s flag is a value that we instill in our students and an expectation of our employees. The teacher is no longer in the classroom.”
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