David Gardner
UK Daily Mail
December 25, 2010

A school was at the centre of a patriotism row after the principal sent home permission slips allowing students to opt out of saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

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The letter home sparked an outcry in Brookline, Massachusetts. Parents were asked to tick off whether or not they wanted their children to participate when the principal started reciting the pledge weekly over the school’s public address system.

‘It’s PC ridiculousness,’ said parent Sean Bielat. ‘Remember when the presumption was that we were all good Americans and we all loved the country and we had no problem saying, “Yes, I pledge allegiance”?’

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Principal Geraldo Martinez said: ‘It is hoped that you will engage in a conversation with your children about the meaning and history of the Pledge of Allegiance.’

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