Sixth-grader refuses to stand for pledge, is eventually arrested

Posted at 8:00 PM, Feb 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-17 23:17:43-05

Story by KCRA

A boy who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance was eventually arrested.

The sixth-grader was involved in a confrontation with a substitute teacher Feb. 4 at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Florida, The Ledger reported.

A school official said the student was not arrested for refusing to participate in the pledge but because he became “disruptive” and refused to follow repeated instructions by staff and law enforcement, according to the newspaper.

The boy’s mother, Dhakira Talbot, said he shouldn’t have been arrested and is in gifted classes, Bay News 9 reported.

“I feel like this should’ve been handled differently,” she told the TV station. “If any disciplinary action should’ve been taken, it should’ve been with the school.”

According to the school district, the substitute teacher won’t be filling in there any longer.