Through The Static

April 28, 2008

School Superintendent Threatened over Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish

Filed under: Culture,Education,Race — disciplepete @ 5:05 pm

Xenophobes gone wild…

The Progressive: The Pledge of Allegiance is creating an uproar in a high school in southern Wisconsin. Not the Pledge itself, but the language it’s recited in.

For many years now, Edgerton High School in Wisconsin has allowed students in its Spanish class to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish over the Intercom one day of the school year. It also invites foreign exchange students (the school now has three) to say it in their own language.

This year, when Spanish students recited the Pledge on March 11, it caused a ruckus.

Parents complained. They demanded that the Spanish teacher, the principal, and the superintendent be fired. And they intend to press the issue at the school board meeting on April 28.

The superintendent, Dr. Norman Fjelstad, has even been physically threatened.

Oh, don’t worry, these intellectual heavyweights have good reasons for being upset:

“This is America; we speak English,” said Dix, who retired from the National Guard last year. “I don’t want any of my three boys coming home saying, ‘Dad, we did the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish.’ ”

His son Kyle told the paper that he thought it was disrespectful to the troops…

…One said: “I go to Edgerton High School and I don’t appreciate Mexicans saying the Pledge in Spanish. . . . If you think Mexicans can waltz right in this school and have an influence on these American students, then you’re wrong. This is America, home of the free and not the illegal.”

The Superintendent defends the foreign language Pledge:

“I’ve heard their frustration,” says Superintendent Fjelstad. “I understand what they’re saying. They feel it dishonors our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. My response is this: I know there are 400 Hispanic speaking soldiers that won’t disagree with them. They can’t disagree because they gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, there are 110,000 Spanish-speaking Hispanics serving in the military that I believe would agree with me that speaking Spanish does not dishonor the military.”…

…On top of that, Fjelstad invokes the First Amendment to the Constitution. “Government should never mandate that the Pledge or the National Anthem be said in one language,” he says.

Well, the school board is supposed to be addressing the issue today. It’s a sign of the times that it’s just now that this Pledge is causing such a controversy, when it’s been going on for years.

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1 Comment »

  1. Thoughts:

    1) OH GOD, WHYYYYYYYY, WISCONSIN, WHYYYYYYYYYY???

    2) Why, it’s Wisconsin.

    3) Pledge en Espanol? No lemony fresh scent.

    4) Tastes like it’s got iron inside.

    5) This is why America bombs. I mean, this is why America is THE Bomb.

    6) BOMBS AWAY!!!

    Comment by Aliiiiiiice — April 29, 2008 @ 2:14 am | Reply


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