Student forced to write Pledge of Allegiance settles lawsuit

A Texas high school teacher who was sued for forcing a student to write out the Pledge of Allegiance after she refused to say it has settled for $90,000

On Tuesday, American Atheists announced that Benjie Arnold, a 12th grade sociology teacher at Klein Oak High School in Harris County, about 30 miles north of Houston, had agreed to the settlement

 According to American Atheists, she was "harassed, disciplined, and retaliated against for not taking the Pledge."

Affirming that the United States does not adequately guarantee "liberty and justice for all," Oliver, a Black woman, "exercised her constitutional right to decline to participate in the Pledge."

When it comes to religious beliefs, students should not be forced to salute the American flag or recite the Pledge of Allegiance

A public or charter school must also honour a student's written request to skip the pledge from a parent or guardian.

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