Outrage Sparks After Teacher Takes A Knee During The Pledge Of Allegiance
Jan 13th, 2020
What will you do if you see someone taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance? Do you believe that it is a sign of disrespect?
Well, this is the reason why parents flew into outrage after their sixth-grade teacher took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance. This was after their children talked about what their teacher did while in front of these students. Because of this, they filed for complaints against the teacher.
This is why the New Jersey Middle School was forced to reassign this teacher/activist who reportedly used their authority in the classroom to protest racism and police brutality. When the incident was addressed at the Vineland Board of Education meeting last October 2, the parents expressed how they felt that the teacher should not have taken a knee in from fo the children at school.
A law enforcement officer, Ron Maccri also discussed another concern of a parent who also expressed their distaste that the teacher decided to protest during the pledge of allegiance. Maccri also took the protest personally. He wanted the school district to do something regarding the middle school teacher a Sgt. Pilla Middle School.
Maccri said, “I was law enforcement for twenty-five years when I went to roll call every morning. I had to stand at attention. I couldn’t take a knee because I was working off of tax money as she is.
” Maccri also said that since he was paid with taxpayer money, so he felt that it was his duty to stand for the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance. Maccri is aware that not all in the New Jersey police department was right, but still, he stood tall to protect and serve his community.
He further explained, “If I took a knee, I would be sent home, and progressive discipline would go from there. If you want to be self-righteous, go somewhere else. Not in our schools.
” Although he did not share why he was no longer working in law enforcement, he believed that not only was the teacher an employee of the state, but also the school the teacher was working with was named after a military man, Sgt. Pilla.
Sgt. Pill was a United States Army Ranger who lost his life on October 3, 1993, during the Battle of Mogadishu mission in Somalia. The events of his death were immortalized in the hit movie, “Black Hawk Down.” He was the one who was killed while riding in a Humvee, which is known to be vulnerable to enemy fire.
Maccri felt that the teacher should not have taken a knee not only because she was earning a paycheck from the American public, but she also works at a school that is named after a man who was killed during combat.
The school changed its name in April in order to honor the 19-year-old man who died fighting in Somalia in the 90s. He was one of the 18 Americans who died in combat who was from Vineland, New Jersey. Before the name change, the school was called, Lincoln Avenue Middle School. The sister of the deceased soldier, Jennifer Pilla-Martine, was the one who pushed the school to honor the fallen veteran.
Maccri also accused the teacher that she was acting more like a mother, than a teacher because she brought her personal protest into the classroom.