Spanish Pledge Outrage

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Monday, November 1, 2010 - 10:17am

Oklahoma mother upset that son's Spanish class is required to say the Pledge of Allegiance...in Spanish.

An Edmond, Oklahoma mother is fuming over a mandatory assignment given to her son.

Melissa Taggart is now taking her fight to Edmond Public Schools after her son was threatened with a zero because he wouldn't complete in assignment at Sequoyah Middle School that would require him to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish.

"My husband and I are appalled by it. We don't believe in it and I do not want to my child doing it," said Taggart. "I just feel that it's wrong, that he'll have to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America in Spanish. That's not how it should be taught. That has nothing to do with the Spanish language."

Officials with Edmond Public Schools declined to give an interview, but said that Melissa's son was going to receive a zero for the project.

However, after thinking about for it few hours, officials with the district changed their minds and are now offering the student another assignment.

"There are poems, lyrics, and great writes that she could have chosen that emphasize the Spanish culture and to teach our children, why the Pledge of Allegiance," said Taggart.
 

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