Atheists Demand Investigation of Nurse Who Refused to Treat Eighth-Grader Because She Wouldn't Stand For Pledge

Human Rights

An eighth-grader at a Pennsylvania school was reportedly denied treatment by a school nurse after she neglected to stand for The Pledge of Allegiance. The student contacted the American Humanist Association about the incident and the group is demanding an apology from the school.

 According to the student, the nurse initiated the confrontation, asking why she didn't stand for the Pledge. After the student informed her that she wasn't required to, the nurse declared, "“Fine! Then leave! I have the right to not service you!” The student then went to call her mother but apparently the nurse resurfaced, insisting that, "She isn’t calling a parent until I have a long conversation with her!"

A guidance counselor also told the student that standing for the Pledge is an enforceable "district policy." This is untrue, as all students have the right to not stand under federal law. In a letter to the Carlisle Area School District, American Humanist Association lawyer Monica Miller wrote that, “The actions of the nurse are indefensible, as she provides an example of the kind of overzealous, dangerous patriotism that any true patriot would loathe."

The school district says they are investigating the incident. h/t: Raw Story

h/t: Raw Story

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