American Student Punished for Refusing to Recite Mexican Pledge

American Student Punished for Refusing to Recite Mexican Pledge

Feb 27, 2013

By Todd Starnes

A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance.

The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem.

Click here to read the lawsuit.

Brinsdon, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and an American father, refused. She believed it was un-American to pledge a loyalty oath to another country.

Ironically, the school district has a policy that prohibits a school from compelling students to recite the American Pledge of Allegiance.

The district also has a written policy that excuses students from reciting text from the Declaration of Independence if the student “as determined by the district, has a conscientious objection to the recitation.”

“There is a sad trend in public schools across our nation to undermine American patriotism,” said Richard Thompson president of the Thomas More Law Center. “But it’s encouraging to see students like Brenda stand up for America despite pressure from school officials.”

The TMLC told Fox News the district ignored its own rules when Brinsdon refused to recite the pledge of a foreign country.

What’s most troubling is the different treatment for someone wanting to opt out of reciting the American Pledge of Allegiance compared to someone as a matter of conscience wants to opt out of reciting the Mexican pledge,” spokesman Erin Mersino told Fox News.

A spokesman for the McAllen Independent School District told Fox News they had not seen a copy of the lawsuit.

The recitation of the Mexican pledge and the singing of the Mexican national anthem was part of a 2011 Spanish class assignment at Achieve Early College High School.  The teacher, Reyna Santos, required all her students to participate in the lesson.

When Brinsdon refused to back down – she was punished, the lawsuit alleges. She was given an alternative assignment on the Independence of Mexico. The teacher gave her a failing grade – and then required the student to sit in class over a period of several days to listen to other students recite the Mexican pledge.

The lawsuit states Brinsdon offered to recite the American pledge in Spanish but the teacher refused her request.

“It’s astonishing that this Texas school would deny Brenda her right of conscience and free speech not to pledge allegiance to a foreign country,” said Thompson. “Too many Americans – including those of Mexican descent – have suffered and died protecting our nation.”

And while she is fluent in Spanish and English and is proud of her Mexican heritage, Brinsdon is a “true-blooded American,” Mersino added.

Mersino said it was especially troubling to watch video of students in the class standing up, extending their arms straight out, palms down and reciting the pledge of a foreign country.

“It’s disturbing – it truly was troubling,” she said.

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  • The parents must sue all involved in this incident. This is America NOT mexico!

  • Where is the public outcry whenever these things take place, especially when our children are under attack?? Academia is quite obviously thoroughly infested by the malignancy of the left, and they will not back down without a fight! Whenever a so-called educator pulls something like what happened in that Texas school and those other similar events across the country, the citizens in those town/cities need to start standing up to them....loudly and persistantly, hopefully enough to be noticed by media outlets! This needs to happen every single time; people need to make a stink that will be heard across America! The left has got to know, once and for all, that the American people WILL NOT be intimidated or cowed into submission, much less allow our children to become their victims!!!

  •  Oikophobia; fear and hatred of one's own culture and people.

  • Sounds like to me, one of us needs to make a visit and teach these dumbasses some manners and partiotism!!!!!

  •  Virgil, did you get to hear his message @ the CPAC convention? Awesome!

  • I really like what Dr. Ben said about the PC garbage. He said it with Obama at the guest table! Great! A black American that does not deny as most of us do not deny, that blacks in America have sacrifices as well as all of us to our Country to keep our freedoms. Obama refused to applaud! His wife did but not him. Why would be as he is not in support of our freedoms but government controls on them!

  • Thanks for the Report from the Front Lines, Charles.  

    The La Raza thing indeed is a worry.  If people wanted to come here - legally - and share in the blessings of the American Republic (which means to give back to it as well) that would be one thing.  But this business of having an agenda to break down the United States - which is as well the agenda of their Marxist collaborators - needs to have a stop put to it.  And that means to band the states together in refusing all services to illegals - all, and including meaningful fines if not outright prison sentences to any employer employing them under the table.  If they are not enticed into coming here, they will stop right quick.  And the federal government can't say boo about it, because it has failed in its constitutional responsibility to secure the nation's borders.

    It is time to bypass the bleeding-heart and vote-currying RINOs in the federal Congress and take the matter into our own hands through our state-level governments.  10th Amendmenters: Man your stations!           

  • Well Charles that is exactly what I've been saying about civilization jihad same thing different token. Illegal in the dictionary is just what it says so no one is going to change my mind on it!

  • That foreign teacher should be fired and deported to her beloved country of mexico and not allowed to ever come back to america.Fellow Tea Party members if we dont get tough we are going tp loose America.We have to stand up to those traitors and let them know that we wont take it anymore.Hell that asshole we have in DC will soon give Texas and New Mexica Arizona,and California back to Mexico.The Mexican organazation LA Raza (the Race) is attempting to colonizing america with illegals to eventually run the whites out of the border states  and the the rest of the USA so they can gain those states once again for mexico.I dont know about the other states but here in Texas they are doing a pretty good job of doing it.Where I live in the last twenty years they have took over a large part of two cities and are now working on our city.They buy up all the empty homes and move in thats how they are planning on colonizing the whole of America.

  • To answer Donald Kaufmans question "Why does political correctness so frequently end up becoming anti-American ? because again the left has turn it's meaning around and we should not be persueing political correctness we should be consentrating on "Political Liberty": The right to participate in determining the form, choosing the officials,making the laws and carrying on the functions of ones government. What the left is doing is politically "INCORRECT"

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