FL teacher removed after reciting student who did not uphold the pledge

  • A Florida teacher was caught on video admonishing a student for not standing during the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • A viral TikTok of Wednesday’s incident has garnered more than 160,000 views.
  • A spokesperson for the school district told Insider that the teacher has been removed and an investigation is ongoing.

A Florida school district has suspended a high school teacher who was recorded using racist language to admonish a student for not upholding the Pledge of Allegiance.

A TikTok incident on Wednesday has garnered more than 160,000 views since Friday. A spokesperson for Manatee County Schools told Insider that the district has launched an investigation into the matter.

The video shows a male teacher at Bradenton High School berating a student who appears to be Latino for his apparent refusal to stand and salute the flag. The video is captioned: “My friend couldn’t stand the promise and that’s what the teacher said.”

“Are you going to sit there on your butt?” the teacher angrily asks the student, who doesn’t answer.

“If you want to do something, just get up and do it,” adds the teacher. “I will defend my country to the end.”

“I won’t hurt you,” the teenager says in response.

The teacher, who appears to be white, then goes on a display of xenophobia.

“Then go back to… where are you from? Mexico or Guatemala? From where?”

“I was born here,” the student replies.

“You were born here? And you won’t defend the flag?” the teacher replies, throwing his hands in the air before the video ends.

A spokesperson for the Manatee County School District confirmed that the teacher seen in the video was removed from the school the day of the incident, but did not provide further details on his identity.

The teacher is no longer having any contact with students, the spokesman said, and the school district’s Office of Professional Standards is investigating the incident.

“The Manatee County School District strongly condemns any language or behavior that degrades, degrades or offends any person – especially the youth, families and community we are privileged to serve,” the district said in a statement.

Students in public schools and universities have a constitutional right to express “symbolic speech” while seated during the Pledge of Allegiance or the National Anthem. However, some states, including Florida, require K-12 students to have parental permission to opt out of standing during the pledge, according to state law.

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