Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School announced that it would eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance recitation in the morning.
An Atlanta charter school walked into the new school year by telling students and staff not to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning — but instead, the “Wolf Pack Sing”.
Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School announced on Tuesday will be the elimination of the Pledge of Allegiance of the morning agenda to make the institution more inclusive.
“Students will continue to lead the meeting by asking our community to stand on to take part in our Wolf Pack Singing together. Students will also have the opportunity to say the pledge at a different time during the school day in the classroom,” the school is a primary school campus president Lara Zelski said in a press release.
Zelski said school officials made the decision to eliminate the morning tradition based on the events in the last few years, in which “more and more” students and staff have chosen not to recite or stand during the pledge.
“There are a lot of emotions around this and we want everyone in our school family to start their day in a positive way. After all, that is the whole purpose of our morning meeting,” Zelski said.
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The ‘Wolf Pack Chant,” will be a new property created by students and teachers. Zelski said the property, probably named after the school’s wolf mascot, “focus on students and social responsibility of their school, family, community, country and our global society.”
The charter school opened in 2002 in the Grant Park neighborhood and serves students from kindergarten through the fifth grade.
The Atlanta charter school is not the first to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance. Bedford Area School District in southcentral Pennsylvania, said in April it will not require students to stand for the pledge. The officials of the School took the students’ First Amendment rights as their reason.
“Personally, I hope that each student will stand for our flag,” superintendent Allen Sell told WJAC-TV in April. “But if they choose not to do, that is their First Amendment rights and we, as school leaders, have the responsibility to respect that. The subject, or not, is getting a lot of national attention, mostly because of protests in the NFL [National Football League] games.”
President Trump brought the controversy surrounding the national anthem to protest against the forefront of last year, when he lambasted the NFL players who took a knee during the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
The NFL ultimately decided in May that the players must stand for the national anthem or face a fine from the future.
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