A California high schooler’s grade was dropped because she refused to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Leilani Thomas, a Native American student at Lower Lake High School in Northern California, said her participation grade was docked when she decided to sit out the daily Pledge.
“She told me I was being disrespectful, and I was pretty mad,” the teen told ABC 10 of the unidentified teacher. “She was being disrespectful to me also, saying I was making bad choices, and I don’t have the choice to sit during the Pledge.”
Thomas said she has been sitting down during the morning Pledge for years. She started her silent protest in the second grade after her parents started teaching her about their Native American ancestors and culture.
“My mom and my dad brought up what it meant to us and our people,” she said. “So I just started sitting down.”
But it was only recently — in the wake of backlash against San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick and his decision to kneel during the National Anthem — that one of Thomas’ teachers started to take issue with the teen’s defiance.
SOURCE: MEG WAGNER
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS