Teen protests after Pledge recited in foreign languages
Mar. 10, 2005 09:15 AM
MILLERSVILLE, Md. - A ninth-grader is protesting his school's decision to
broadcast the Pledge of Allegiance in foreign languages as part of National
Foreign Language Week.
Patrick Linton said he and other students at Old Mill High School sat down
rather than stand Wednesday when the Pledge was read over the school's public
address system in Russian. Linton's teacher told him if he had a problem he
should leave the room.
He did, and did not plan to return this week.
"This is America, and we got soldiers at war," the 15-year-old said. "When
you're saying the Pledge in a different language which nobody understands,
that's not OK."
Charles Linton, Patrick's father, said the use of other languages is
disrespectful to the country. "It's like wearing a cross ups! ide down in a
church," he said.
The pledge was to be read in Spanish, French, Latin, Russian and German. School
officials said the activity will continue, with the English version of the
Pledge being read first for the rest of the week.
"This is just a way to connect what's going on in the classroom and this daily
activity where we say the Pledge of Allegiance," said Jonathan Brice, a
spokesman for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.