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by Coryphaeus / February 27, 2013 5:47 AM PST
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What's taking so long?
by JP Bill / February 28, 2013 1:24 AM PST

In September 2011, Brenda Brinsdon, then 15, and her classmates were asked to stand up and recite the Mexican Pledge of Allegiance during Spanish class at Achieve Early College High School. When she refused, the teacher gave her an alternate assignment to write about an essay about the independence of Mexico, which she failed, according to the lawsuit.

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(NT) The Texas judicial system maybe?
by TONI H / February 28, 2013 1:40 AM PST
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RE: The Texas judicial system maybe?
by JP Bill / February 28, 2013 4:08 AM PST

The FIRST step is filing a lawsuit...Her parents didn't do that until Feb 2013.

Is that the fault of the Texas Judicial System?



Posted: Feb 27, 2013 3:09 PM

Updated: Feb 27, 2013 3:32 PM

McALLEN - A McAllen High School student gained national attention two years ago after she refused to recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance. Her father on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against the McAllen Independent School District.

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Not knowing the actual facts
by TONI H / February 28, 2013 7:56 AM PST

of lawsuits filed, I wonder if they tried to file a civil case locally first and either dropped it themselves or it was thrown out by the local justice. Many times, the ACLU will get involved and advise someone where the best recourse is. Just guessing on my part.......

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Okay, here's what I picked out:
by drpruner / March 5, 2013 5:49 AM PST

"Her conscience and patriotism would not allow her to participate in the assignment"
Conscience matters include religion, as we and many of our teachers well know. The battles were fought during the Wars. Nowadays, typically, our kid comes home upset over the "punishment" for pledge refusal; the parents call one of our elders; he gives a copy of a particular paper in his files to the parents; they take it to school; the principal turns pale; the teacher is called in and re-educated. End of story.
To me a political conscience = a religious one, for the purposes of national issues, but I don't know if our case precedences would apply or not.

New topic: if it's like that now, in this case, what will it be like in the near future?

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The school system, and her parents...
by Pepe7 / February 28, 2013 3:59 AM PST
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...have failed her, unfortunately. A bilingual girl at 15 was unable/chose not to complete a simple essay assignment.

Even if she doesn't agree with the topic/sitution, she should have been taught enough by her parents to realize the importance of completing her school assignments.

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I didn't trust those either :-)
by Josh K / February 28, 2013 2:03 AM PST

Most were also right-wing sites, so I Googled it myself and found this:

http://www.wfaa.com/news/education/Texas-high-school-students-say-Mexican-pledge-sing-anthem-One-refuses-134287008.html

Apparently it was part of a lesson on Mexican culture. The school board's refusal to comment would suggest that the teacher did go a bit far. I really don't see what all the uproar is though. The girl was apparently offered an alternative assignment, which she failed. It's not like they were asked to pledge allegiance to North Korea.

If the Blue Jays come to town to play the Rangers, they play "O Canada" on the PA system. I'm not aware of anyone taking offense.

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but the insinuation is that the teacher
by Roger NC / February 28, 2013 6:29 AM PST

failed her regardless of the quality of her work on the alternative assignment.

I'm not saying that happened, but after reading a couple of accounts, I certainly felt those particular accounts were trying to implant that in the reader's mind just below the top level.

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I hope so too
by James Denison / February 27, 2013 6:02 AM PST
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What we really need is a wholesale house cleaning of the educational institutions in this country, both administrative and teachers. Too many are becoming castles of anti-American propaganda.

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(NT) so what's going on in Texas? this is two stories this week?
by Roger NC / February 27, 2013 8:52 AM PST
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(NT) Don't know, but it's bothering me.
by Coryphaeus / February 27, 2013 11:35 PM PST
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Amazing . . .
by margaux8 / March 4, 2013 2:25 PM PST
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Really amazing.. Thanks for sharing Happy

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