High school teacher removed from class for scolding students who won't stand for the Pledge

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A high school science teacher was removed from his own classroom on just the third day of school because he reprimanded anyone who won't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The teacher, referred to as Mr. G, short for Goodman, wrote a special message on the white board in his class, as reported by the Florida Times Union.

“There are no longer separate water fountains and bathrooms in Jacksonville for ‘white’ and ‘colored’ as Mr. Goodman remembers from the 1960?s,” First Coast High School teacher Daniel Adam Goodman wrote across his board in black marker. “We have had a Black president, the superintendent of Duval Schools is a Black woman.”


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A girl named Kandice Knecole Clark posted a photo of the message on Facebook.

She wrote:

Clarissa L. Valentine 's daughter sent her this image from school! A school in JACKSONVILLE! This foolishness was written by Mr. Daniel Goodman at FIRST COAST HIGHSCHOOL! Zoom in and read this. What makes the teacher feel like this is appropriate? We are LUCKY to have basic rights and to be treated humane? Why should our kids be met with this type of attitude at school? I can't wait until the teacher is held responsible for their reckless banter cause it's coming! I hope none of the students stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance in protest of the teacher

Mr. G.'s message received mixed responses, as many parents supported him and the message he shared. A smaller crowd, of whom appeared to be younger, showed a little bit of support for not standing and called him out for the message.

The Duval County Public Schools district, where this school is located, heard about it and made a statement. They said, "the statements made by the educator are not consistent with state statute or school board policy."

The Florida Times Union reported that "Florida Statute 1003.44 and Board Policy 3.60 says students are excused from reciting or standing for the pledge as long as their parent or legal guardian files a written request. The district’s code of conduct covers this as well. It says students have the right “not to participate,” which includes “reciting,” “standing and placing the right hand over [their] heart."

Mr. G.'s complete post said:

THINK: We had about a half million Americans die in our Civil War, which was largely to get rid of slavery. There are no longer separate water fountains and bathrooms in Jacksonville for “white” and “colored,” as Mr. Goodman remembers from the 1960?s. We had an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing women the right to vote. We have had a Black president. The superintendent of Duval Schools is a Black woman. Mr. Fluent, our principal, replaced a Black man, Mr. Simmons, who now is a D.C.P.S. administrator.


MY POINT? You are all extremely lucky to be living in the U.S.A. If you refuse to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance or our National Anthem (AS SOME PAMPERED ARROGANT CELEBRITIES AND ATHLETES TEND TO DO), are you revealing maturity and wisdom? Actually, you are displaying the opposite.


-Mr. G.

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