Black school student, aged 11, arrested after refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance as it is ‘racist’.

An 11-year-old school student in Florida is facing misdemeanour charges following a confrontation with his teacher after he refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. A year eight student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy refused to stand for the pledge and told the teacher he thought the flag and the national anthem are “racist” against black people. The teacher and the student proceeded to have a confrontation, which escalated and was described by school officials as disruptive behaviour, according to an affidavit. The substitute teacher, identified as Ana Alvarez, reportedly told the student that if America was "so bad", why doesn’t he go to another place to live? The boy allegedly replied: "They brought me here."Alvarez is then said to have said: "Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba, and the day I feel I’m not welcome here anymore, I would find another place to live."The teacher signed a written statement outlining the exchange between herself and the student. Eventually, she called the district office because she didn’t want to deal with him anymore. According to officials, the student shouted at the dean and a school resource officer, accused them of being racist and refused to leave the room. The student reportedly said: "Suspend me! I don’t care. This school is racist."Eventually, he left the classroom, and he was charged with disruption of a school facility and resisting arrest without violence. He was eventually taken to a juvenile detention centre and suspended for three days. The Lakeland Police Department released a statement and insisted he wasn’t arrested for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, but because his behaviour was "disruptive". It read: This arrest was based on the student’s choice to disrupt the classroom, make threats and resisting the officer’s efforts to leave the classroom. Nevertheless, people are appalled. Dhakira Talbot, the mother of the student, said that the teacher was wrong.“I’m upset, I’m angry. I’m hurt. More so for my son,” she said. My son has never been through anything like this. I feel like this should’ve been handled differently. If any disciplinary action should’ve been taken, it should’ve been with the school. He shouldn’t have been arrested. The Pledge of Allegiance has been a point of contention for many Americans. In 2017, a black student was expelled after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. American footballer Colin Kaepernick took the knee in 2016 during the national anthem to protest racism in America, prompting a national movement.
avalon fenster @avzfen 
an 11-year-old black boy was arrested at school for opting out of reciting the pledge of allegiance. let that sink in.
he was arrested. at school. for expressing to his substitute teacher. that he did not feel comfortable. reciting the pledge.
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Shaun King✔@shaunking
An 11-year-old Black boy refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
His teacher literally told him to leave America and to go back to Africa.
Then had him arrested for being disobedient. …
Mother Upset After Son Kicked Out of Class Over Pledge of Allegiance
The mother and student spoke to Spectrum Bay News 9
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Teeuwynn@Teeuwynn Replying to @shaunking
That is insane and illegal. My (white) 11-year old daughter quietly refuses to stand for the pledge of allegiance because she thinks our government does not support the rights of all people. The teachers leave her alone.
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Flarvik Knürdmann@Flarvik Replying to @shaunking
She's in the wrong profession. You don't argue with middle school kids. They're trying on new ideas and might change their mind the next day. Perhaps a better answer would be "I will work to make this country a better place for you in your future. I'm so glad you're here." Easy.
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