UPDATE, 08/31/21: Kristin Pitzen, the California teacher who posted a video on social media of herself instructing students to take the Pledge of Allegiance to a Progress Pride Flag, has been removed from her classroom pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation of the Newport Mesa Unified School District.
“We know that one of our teachers posted a video on his personal social media that raised concern and concern regarding the saluting of the American flag,” wrote Annette Franco, spokesperson for the school district, in a e-mail to News week. “Showing respect for our country’s flag is an important value that we instill in our students and an expectation of our employees. The teacher is no longer in the classroom. We are following due process and our investigation is continuing. “
The school district did not provide further information on the investigation.
ORIGINAL, 08/30/21: California schoolteacher became the object of conservative angst after posting a video on social media that showed her telling students to pledge allegiance to a Progress Pride flag rather than the American flag, which she had previously removed from class because it made her uncomfortable.
Kristin Pitzen, whose now-deleted LinkedIn profile says she teaches Grade 11 English at Back Bay High School in Costa Mesa, Orange County, posted the video to her since-deleted TikTok profile, where she describes in laughing at the incident.
“I always tell my class to take a stand if you want to, don’t stand up if you want to, say the words if you want, don’t say the words if they don’t want to,” Pitzen said. in the video, referring to how the student participates in the pledge of allegiance in their class. “So my class decided to stand up but not to say the words. Very well. Other than the fact, my room has no flag.”
“It was there before,” she said in the video, pointing to a corner of the whiteboard behind her. “But I took it apart during COVID because it made me uncomfortable. And I put it away, but I don’t know where and I haven’t found it yet.”
But when the students said it was “a little weird” to stand up and say the pledge when there was no American flag in the room, Pitzen explained that it was lost in storage. for the moment and that she would do her best to find him.
“‘Waiting for,’ I say to this kid, “We have this flag in the classroom that you can pledge your allegiance to. “ And he looks around and walks away, “Ah, that one? “At that point, Pitzen turned the camera to show a Progress Pride flag hanging on the classroom wall.
Pitzen previously posted a video on TikTok showing the pride flag collection in his classroom, saying “I pledge allegiance to gay people.”
The Tory reaction was swift and fierce, with former director of national intelligence Richard Grenell posting his disgust on Twitter.
After wondering why parents would let their children be taught by “someone they don’t know”, he went on to write that he would like to “talk to people who think it’s good.”
Another person posted on Facebook, saying that Pitzen “is an absolute disgrace on teachers” and warned the teacher to keep his own “political views and positions out of the classroom.” Herring concluded by saying that if Pitzen was so “uncomfortable” that she should “denigrate the children who ask for the flag for the pledge of allegiance, then find another career which has no effect. [sic] our youth. “
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District subsequently posted a statement on its Facebook page saying it was aware of the incident and that “showing respect for our nation’s flag is an important value that our district instills in our students and is an expectation of our employees. We take this matter seriously and are investigating and resolving it. “
Not all of the comments were negative, however, and there was a lot of support for Pitzen and his colorful pride pledge.
“A free country does not force its citizens to pledge allegiance,” commented one person. “A non-free country does it, however.”
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