In the land of the free, little boys can and will be thrown in jail after refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school. Now, a mother is speaking out after this exact same scenario happened to her child who is in the gifted program at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Florida.
The incident unfolded earlier this month when Dhakira Talbot’s 11-year-old son politely refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. The class had a substitute teacher that day who felt it was her duty to force this student to pledge his obedience to a flag that he feels is racist. So a conflict began.
When the boy refused to stand for the pledge, the teacher gave the standard statist response of “Why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live?” This is the more polite version of “move to S’molia!”
But the boy had an answer ready, saying, “they brought me here.”
Despite the entirely inappropriate conversation with the 11-year-old, the teacher kept pressing the issue, telling the child, “Well you can always go back.”
After instigating the entire debacle, the teacher then called the office to remove the student from class for daring to assert his freedom of speech.
“Then I had to call the office because I did not want to continue dealing with him,” the substitute teacher said.
“She was wrong. She was way out of place,” the boy’s mother said. “If she felt like there was an issue with my son not standing for the flag, she should’ve resolved that in a way different manner than she did.”
When the student refused to be bullied by a system he feels is out to get people of color, like him, the system then proved his claims. The school police officer then responded to the classroom and arrested the child.
He was arrested and charged with multiple misdemeanors and brought to juvenile detention.