An FL teacher was removed after reprimanding a student who did not support the pledge Detail Explored

An FL teacher was removed after reprimanding a student who did not support the pledge
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  • A Florida teacher was caught on film admonishing a student for not standing during the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • A viral TikTok of Wednesday’s incident has garnered more than 160,000 views.
  • A spokesperson for the school district told Insider that the teacher has been removed and an investigation is underway.

A Florida school district has removed a high school teacher who was recorded using racist rhetoric to admonish a student who did not take the Pledge of Allegiance.

A TikTok of Wednesday’s incident had garnered more than 160,000 views by Friday. A spokesperson for Manatee County Schools told Insider that the district has launched an investigation into the case.

The video shows a teacher at Bradenton High School reprimanding a student who appears to be Latino for his apparent refusal to stand and salute the flag. The video is captioned: “My friend didn’t take the pledge and that’s what the teacher said.”

“Are you going to sit there on your ass?” the teacher angrily asks the student, who does not answer.

“If you want to do something, just get up and do it,” adds the professor. “I will defend my country to the end.”

“I won’t hurt you,” the teenager says in response.

The teacher, who appears to be white, then goes on a xenophobic spree.

“Then go back to… where are you from? Mexico or Guatemala? From where?”

“I was born here,” the student replies.

“You were born here? And you won’t support the flag?” the teacher replies, throwing his hands in the air before the video ends.

A spokesman for the Manatee County School District confirmed that the teacher shown in the video was removed from the school on the day of the incident, but did not provide further details about his identity.

The teacher is no longer in contact with the students, the representative said, and the school district’s Office of Professional Standards is investigating the incident.

“The Manatee County School District strongly condemns any language or behavior that degrades, humiliates or insults any person — especially the youth, families and community we are privileged to serve,” the district said in a statement.

Students at public schools and universities have a constitutional right to express their “symbolic speech” by participating in the Pledge of Allegiance or the National Anthem. But some states, including Florida, require K-12 students to have parental permission to waive status during the pledge, according to state law.


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