Texas student Mason Michalec was given a two-day in-school suspension after he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Michalec argued that he loves his country, but he’s tired of the government.
“I don’t agree with the NSA spying on us,” Michalec said. “And I don’t agree with any of those Internet laws.”
For the majority of the year his silent protest had gone unnoticed, until one teacher observed his objection for the first time and demanded he stand.
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“She told me ‘this is my classroom,’” Michalec said. “'This is the principal’s request. You’re going to stand.'”
Though the school’s principal has threatened Michalec with further in-school suspensions, the 15-year-old seems prepared to face the consequences.
Michalec argued that more people should stand up for themselves and noted that he was upset for being written up for something he has the right to do.
The Needville high school could not be reached for comment.