Suit: Teen Booted From School for Not Standing During Pledge

India Landry

In a statement to KHOU, the school district claimed that a student "will not be removed from campus for refusing to stand for the Pledge", and said the situation would be "addressed internally". When she didn't stand as requested by the principal-identified in the Washington Post as Martha Strother-Strother then replied, per India: "You're kicked out of here", KHOU notes. "It's not obviously what's going on in America today", India said.

The lawsuit against the Cypress Fairbanks ISD school district states that students can not be forced to stand for the Pledge, and that the school had no right to kick out India. However, on October 2, the 17-year-old senior says she was expelled by school administrators who reportedly told her that this "isn't the NFL" and that she would "stand for the Pledge like the other African-American in her class". "There are a lot of constitutional questions that raise hard or ambiguous responses, but this is very clearly not legal".

India transferred to Windfern, an alternative "campus of choice", after falling behind at Cypress Springs High School. She missed the Pledge on Friday, but said she plans to continue sitting for it next week.

"They were making rude comments saying 'This isn't the National Football League, you wont do this here, '" India said.

Now India is facing consequences for being kicked out for four days and didn't attend one day on her own accord.

The Washington Post reports a 1943 Supreme Court ruling (West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette) says students can not be required to stand for the pledge.

Kallinen said Landry and her daughter are seeking an undisclosed amount in damages for mental anguish.

She said she recorded the phone conversation of what the principal said.

"This is not right", Landry said.

"I thought, 'Where is all this coming from?' " Landry said.

It's never been a problem - until now.

India Landry had sat for the Pledge hundreds of times at Windfern High School without incident, she said.

India stopped standing for the Pledge of Allegiance because she felt like it goes against what it stands for.

"I was actually terrified, I see what's going on with the country", India's mother Kizzy told the Daily News on Saturday.



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