Viewers Voice: Controversy over Pledge of Allegiance after teacher suspension
By Miriam Zamorano. CREATED Nov 7, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The Hernando County School District says teacher, Ann Daigle-McDonald forced one of her fourth grade students to put his hand on his heart during the pledge of allegiance on two separate occasions.
The child, who is a Jehovah's witness says it's against his religion to worship an object.
"If he's a Jehovah's witness, they have their certain ways that they do things you know? That's how he was raised," said parent, Donna Walker.
Anisley posting to Facebook also said, "The teacher should have respected the child's basic rights."
The Spring Hill teacher is facing a five day suspension without pay. According to the report, other students say Daigle-McDonald told the class if they did not want to pledge allegiance, they should move out of the country.
Shannon wrote, "If they don't like that, then home school, choose a private school, or leave! I praise the teacher!!"
Trish said, "He lives in America, he goes to school in America so therefore he should pledge allegiance to America."
Carole responded by posting, "This is America and here we respect other religions..."
Marie thought, "Just because they don't say the pledge does not mean they hate America, it's their religion."
In addition to the suspension, Daigle-McDonald must take diversity classes.