First grade student kneels during Pledge of Allegiance

Published: Sep. 27, 2017 at 7:29 AM CDT
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A first grader at a Florida school went down on one knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, he was then told by his teacher to stand up and stop it, in front of all his classmates.

The boy's mother is upset with how the school and the Pasco County school district responded to the situation.

She received a text message from her son's teacher discussing the incident:

"I just wanted to let you know that this morning when it was time to do the Pledge of Allegiance, (your son) went down on one knee. I knew where he had seen it but I did tell him that in the classroom we are learning what it means to be a good citizen we're learning about respecting the United States of America and our country symbols and showing loyalty and patriotism and that we stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. I know its a sensitive issue but I wanted to make you aware. Thanks."

The mother thinks the school district disregards inclusion and diversity.

Her goal is to teach her son to have an open mind and make decisions and that this issue is way bigger than her 6-year-old son.

She says, "What the text message said to me was that him taking a knee was the exact opposite - [That] He was disrespectful of the county, he was being disrespectful of the flag... And we don't teach that."

The school district will plan to talk with parents and staff on the policy.

“State law says that the only way that a student can be exempted from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is if they have a written request from their parents and even then the law says that they still have to stand," says school officials said.

The boy's mother hopes people will learn from this.