Florida teacher suspended after forcing Jehovah’s Witness student to say Pledge of Allegiance

Nov 8, 2013 by

Anne Daigle-McDonald grabbed the boy’s hand and placed it over his heart, allegedly saying ‘If you don’t want to do that, you should move out of the country.’ The Hernando County school district later suspended her for violating the student’s right to free exercise of religion.

A Florida teacher told her fourth grade student to pledge allegiance to the flag…or else.

Hernando County school teacher Anne Daigle-McDonald has been suspended without pay after grabbing a student’s wrist, placing it over his heart, and forcing him to recite the Pledge.

The boy, a Jehovah’s Witness, reminded the teacher that his religion doesn’t allow him to worship objects. He stood up out of respect for his country, but he didn’t want to put his hand over his heart.


“You are an American, and you are supposed to salute the flag,” Daigle-McDonald reportedly said, according to a statement the boy gave the Explorer K-8 school.

via Florida teacher suspended after forcing Jehovah’s Witness student to say Pledge of Allegiance – NY Daily News.

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