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Fla. teacher suspended for forcing 4th-grader to participate in Pledge of Allegiance

• Yahoo! News blog
Anne Daigle-McDonald, a teacher at Explorer K-8 School in Spring Hill, Fla., made the student, a Jehovah's Witness, place his hand over his heart during the Sept. 11 pledge, according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times. (Jehovah's Witnesses are forbidden from worshiping objects — including the American flag.) When he resisted, she said, "You are an American, and you are supposed to salute the flag," the boy told a school administrator.

According to several students, Daigle-McDonald admonished the class the following day. "In my classroom, everyone will do the pledge; no religion says that you can't do the pledge," she said. "If you can't put your hand on your heart, then you need to move out of the country."

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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Comment by Powell Gammill
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Loses her license.  Finds out she cannot practice her profession anywhere within the USA that gets taxpayer stolen dollars.  Dawns on her she learned a lesson by those she so proudly swears allegiance to and demands of all others.

Unemployed, eventually goes to work for US Senator's campaign and ten years later is nominated for Secretary of Education.  Way to go sister!  Now you can teach those kids something.

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