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High School Principal Clinton Giles Cancels Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem

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At Capital High School in Charleston, West Virginia principal Clinton Giles cancelled the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem, reports WCHS-TV.

Giles made the decision after getting complaints that he was forcing students to recite the pledge.

Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring told WCHS-TV: "My understanding is we had some calls from parents that students were being told that they had to stand and if they didn't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, and I also believe they played the African-American national anthem, then they were disciplined for that."

Duerring said that school administrators are required to say the pledge, but students are not required to stand and recite it: "There are court cases at the national level, supreme court level, federal and state that say you can't force any child to stand for any pledge of any kind."

Giles said in January that he changed the rule, from giving students the option to sit or stand -- to making them stand.

After the complaints came to the superintendent, Giles cancelled the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem on Monday morning.

Giles said the pledge and anthem returned Tuesday. He's pleased with the response that he got from students who were upset when the pledge was cancelled. Apparently, he was trying to make a point that more students wanted the pledge than those who objected.

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