Students at New York School Furious After Having To Recite Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic
In an effort to celebrate National Foreign Language week, a New York school asked students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic. It didn't go over well. Some Pine Bush High School students in Poughkeepsie were outraged, even refusing to stand and say the Pledge. Others supported the decision, including the senior class President.
School Superintendent Joan Carbon tells the Times Herald Record, the controversy "divided the school in half. It something that was supposed to be good but turned out not to be."
Some student expressed their outrage on Twitter.
The pledge should always be said in English. They could've just said "Good Morning" in a different language each day
— Amanda Rebelo (@mandaalynn7) March 18, 2015
People who don't like PB should take a vacation. I hear the Middle East is nice this time a year?
— Official 〽️ondy (@mondy___) March 18, 2015
The School Principal apologized in a statement on the high school's website:
“We sincerely apologize for having the Pledge of Allegiance recited this morning in the high school in a language other than English. In our school district the Pledge of Allegiance will only be recited in English as recommended by the Commissioner of Education.”
Is the apology too little too late?
Several students even expressed their opinion to Fox News.