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ADF attorneys come to defense of students wishing to recite Pledge of Allegiance

School quickly changes course on prohibiting Pledge after receiving letter
Published On: 10/18/2017

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson Accelerated High School has reversed its policy prohibiting recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Alliance Defense Fund attorneys wrote to the school on behalf of concerned students.

“No student at a public or charter school can be prohibited from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance if he or she wants to,” said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb.  “The school overreacted by barring the Pledge after a few students objected to saying it.  Even if the school was trying to be sensitive to a small number of students, prohibiting the recitation of the Pledge violates both Arizona statutory law and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Fortunately, the school promptly reversed course and will allow the Pledge to be recited.”

On Jan. 17, students at the school were advised via the public announcement system that the Pledge of Allegiance would no longer be recited on campus.  The decision apparently resulted from the complaints of a few students who didn’t wish to recite the Pledge, and the student council voted to end its recitation.

On Jan. 18, Samuel and Robert Lucero, who lost a family member in Iraq and have two siblings presently fighting there, brought a United States flag to school and were prepared to recite the Pledge on their own.  They were denied the opportunity and sought legal assistance from ADF attorneys, who sent a letter to the school leader, advising him of the law.  Shortly thereafter, the school confirmed it had restored the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance for students who wish to recite it.

“We commend the school for their swift action in this matter,” said McCaleb.  “Students can opt out of reciting the Pledge, but the school must provide each student with the opportunity to voluntarily recite it.  That’s what the law says.  The school enhances its excellent reputation by protecting the First Amendment rights of all its students.”

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family. 

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