WATCH: Texas Teacher Requires Class to Recite Mexican Pledge During Freedom Week; Student Refuses Because It 'Felt Wrong'
During the recent observance of Freedom Week in classrooms across America, one Texas Spanish teacher gave her class an assignment that is quickly becoming the subject of many a debate. The teacher required students to recite both Mexico's Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem. One student refused and caught the whole thing on video.
Brenda Brinsdon said she took a stand against the assignment because she felt in her heart that it just wasn't right.
"Well, she told us we
were going to recite the pledge ... and what was sad was that it was right after the 9-11 [anniversary] had just happened, and I just felt like no, this is wrong."
The young student videotaped the class in order to prove to her father that "it was really happening."
Brenda was given an alternative assignment since she opted out of saying the Mexican pledge, which was to do a presentation on the independence of Mexico ... an assignment for which she says she received a bad grade, attributing it to her refusal to take part in the original assignment.
The school in question, McCallen ISD, came out recently in support of the teacher, issuing the following statement:
"All students in McCallen ISD recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America every morning of every school day ... this was a single lesson, not an indoctrination..."
We want to know what you think about the assignment given to this class. Was it appropriate, or did it cross the line? Comment below.