Update, 8/31/21: A California school teacher who posted a video on his social media instructing students to take a pledge of allegiance to the Progress Pride flag until the results of an ongoing investigation by the Newport Mesa Unified School District. Christine Pitzen has been removed from the classroom.
“We recognize that one of our teachers posted a video on personal social media that raised the alert and concern associated with the salute of the American flag,” said school district spokesman Annette Franco. Stated. Written by email Newsweek.. “Respecting the flag of our country is an important value we instill in our students and an employee’s expectation. Teachers are no longer in the classroom. We follow due process and continue our investigation. increase.”
The school district did not provide any further information about the survey.
Original, 8/30/21: A California school teacher became the focus of conservative anxiety after posting a video on social media. In this video, students were instructed to pledge allegiance to the Progress Pride flag instead of the American flag previously removed from the classroom. Not comfortable.
Christine Pittzen, who said in her deleted LinkedIn profile that she teaches 11th grade English at Back Bay High School in Costa Mesa, Orange County, posted a video on her deleted TikTok profile and laughed at the incident. Explains.
“I always tell the class to stand up when I feel like it, don’t stand up when I feel like it, say words if I want, and don’t say words if I don’t want,” Pittzen said in a video. Told. Mention how students participate in the Pledge of Allegiance in class. “So my class decided to stand, but don’t say a word. No problem at all. Except for the facts, there are no flags in my room.”
“It used to be there,” she said in a video, pointing to the corner of the whiteboard behind. “But I dropped it during the COVID because it made me uncomfortable. And I packed it, but I don’t know where it is, and I still have it I haven’t found. “
But when the students stood up and said it was “a little weird” to make a pledge when there was no American flag in the room, Pittzen was trying to find it because it’s currently lost in storage. I explained that I would do my best.
“”‘in the meantime,’ I tell this kid, “We have this flag in a class where you can pledge your allegiance.” And he looks around, “Oh, that?”“At that point, Pittzen panned the camera and displayed the flag of progress pride hanging on the wall of the classroom.
Pitzen previously posted a video on TikTok showing his collection of pride flags in the classroom, stating that he “swears allegiance to queer.”
The conservative backlash was swift and fierce, with former Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell posting disgust on Twitter.
After asking why parents let “unknown people” teach their children, he wrote, “I want to talk to someone who likes this.”
Another person posted on Facebook, saying Pittzen was “absolutely a shame for teachers” and warned teachers to “keep their views and political positions away from the classroom.” Herring concluded that Pitzen was “uncomfortable” enough to look down on children seeking the Pledge of Allegiance and find another career that had not affected them. [sic] Our youth. “
The Newport Mesa Unified School District later posted a statement on its Facebook page, recognizing the incident, saying, “Respecting the flag of our country is an important value that our school district instills in our students. Employee expectations. We take this issue seriously, investigate and address it. “
However, not all comments were negative, and there was considerable support for the Pledge of Allegiance of Pitzen and her colorful pride.
“A free country does not impose a pledge of allegiance on its people,” said one. “But non-free states do.”
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