The Pledge of Allegiance is returning to a Kentucky high school.
Most of us grew up reciting this pledge at school at the beginning of the day, but not without some constitutional controversy. In 1943, the Supreme Court ruled that students couldn’t be forced to salute the U.S. flag or say the pledge because doing so would violate their freedom of speech. It’s all about choice.
Matthew Houser, a principal at McCracken County High School, is choosing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the school day, WPSD-TV reported. It has never been done at this high school since it opened seven years ago.
“I think it is a great opportunity for kids every day to be reminded how special this country is and how blessed they are to live here,” Houser said.
The principal got more than 100 American flags to have one for every classroom by Veterans Day, and started the new routine on the national holiday.
Junior students Dalton Skinner and Madelyn Thompson said it’s about having pride in your country.
“We walk into class, and I see a flag,” Skinner said, describing the day this started. “We are going to say the pledge.”
“Standing up in the morning and saying a few words, the pledge, is the least I can do,” he continued.
“It’s just kind of like an overwhelming feeling when you do hear those words,” Thompson said. “You just want to make sure you do stand and say those words and respect.”
Houser said he’s made a commitment to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day as long as he’s principal. He also said there were a variety of opinions from students and those students who do not want to recite the pledge, do not have to.
According to WPSD-TV, Graves County High School, Murray High School, Ballard Memorial High School, and now McCracken County High School all recite the pledge at their school daily.
Marshall County High School said they only do it on special occasions, like Veterans Day, while Paducah Tilghman High School do not recite the pledge daily.