From The Washington Post: A Montgomery County, Md., teacher has agreed to apologize to a 13-year-old student whom he reprimanded and sent to the office for twice refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. The unidentified student says she was embarrassed and humiliated after the teacher called a school security officer to escort her to the counselor's office. The student has not returned to Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown since the incident in late January but plans to return to class this week. The school system's student handbook states: "You cannot be required to say a pledge, sing an anthem, or take part in patriotic exercises. No one will be permitted to intentionally embarrass you if you choose not to participate."
Earlier...from The Washington Post: The mother of a 13-year-old Montgomery County, Md., middle school student is demanding an apology from a teacher who had school police escort the youngster from a classroom for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance. The unidentified student was mocked by other children in her class and has been too traumatized to return to Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown, according to the family's attorney. A school spokesman says the teacher's actions are a clear violation of the school's regulations. The teacher will have to apologize to the student.