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Texas Girl Punished For Refusing To recite Mexican Pledge Of Allegiance

What would you do if this happened to your child?

A 15 year old McAllen High School student was told to recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance.  Brenda Brinsdon (who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and an American father) was also told to sing the Mexican National Anthem.  (This was a spanish language class mind you, not a history or social studies course.)

Brenda refused saying;

“She believed it was un-American to pledge a loyalty oath to another country.”

(Oddly enough, the school enforces a policy stating that no student can be forced or otherwise compelled to recite the American Pledge Of Allegiance or read any passages from the Declaration Of Independence if they have a “conscientious objection to the recitation“.)

Brenda, however, was punished for her actions.  According to,

she was given an alternative assignment on the Independence of Mexico. The teacher gave her a failing grade – and then required the student to sit in class over a period of several days to listen to other students recite the Mexican flag.

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Brenda offered to recite the American Pledge in spanish to satisfy the teacher (and show her ability to speak the spanish language) but her offer was refused.

Anyway, the school pretty much violated it’s own policy in this case and is now being sued.

What do you think?  If this was your kid, what would you do?  I don’t feel any kid should be forced to read any sworn oath to another country. I don’t care if it’s Mexico, Spain, England, Korea, Germany, Iraq or anywhere else.  I’d be mad as hell and probably sue the school also!

What do you think?  If a school here in El Paso punished your child for refusing to read the oath of a foreign country; what would you do?

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