Rocky Mountain High School Principal Tom Lopez is standing by his decision to allow students, from a multicultural group, recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic on the school's intercom in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Students have always said it before in English, but this year about 30 students asked Lopez if they could translate and recite the pledge in other languages, reports 9 News (video below).
Lopez told 9 News: "We have a tremendous amount of diversity in our school. This is very American, not un-American. When they pledge allegiance to United States, that's exactly what they're saying, they're just using another language as their vehicle."
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The students translated the pledge and read it French, then Spanish last fall and, on Monday, the kids read the pledge in Arabic.
Lopez said that the response has been mostly positive, although calls and emails from upset parents have been very negative: "I guess I'm getting worn down a little bit by how intense their sense of hate has been represented in some of the things they've written."
Lopez added that the students will have other opportunities to recite the pledge in other languages, although he concedes it's a wise idea to recite the pledge in English that day as well.