A Connecticut high school contacted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in October 2015 after a student allegedly pledged allegiance to the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) rather than the United States.
The revelation came to light during an education board meeting in January, when the boy’s mother complained that he had been sent to an alternative school as a result of the incident.
Authorities confirmed the incident occurred sometime in October 2015 but could not give a precise date.
“When the class stood up to say the Pledge of Allegiance, a kid stood up, and I’m not exactly sure what he said, but he [pledged] his allegiance, or something along those lines, to ISIS,” Ansonia Police Lt. Andrew Cota told the Valley Independent.
The boy’s mother denied the allegation, according to the minutes of the education board meeting cited by WTIC.
She told the meeting that her son “did not breach any of the codes of conduct, he did not misbehave; the thing that he was alleged was not even founded. It was not true,” WTIC notes.
Carmen Pitney, Vice President of the Ansonia Board of Education, disagreed, saying that the claim was “verified by other students and this is why the principal and the officer had to take action.”
Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti said that there was “absolutely no danger” to the school, the Independent reports.
The boy, aged 15, has not been identified. He has not been charged with a criminal offense.
Ansonia Police sent a report on the incident to the DHS for investigation.
“What they’re doing with it, I could not tell you,” Cota told the Independent. “They have not contacted us, that I’m aware of, to do any follow-up.”
School employees refused to comment on the incident to the Independent, leaving the high school’s attorney Floyd Dugas to speak to the media.
“The only thing I think we can say is that out of an abundance of caution, it was reported to the appropriate authorities,” he said. “Because it’s a child, a student, we really can’t comment any further than that.”
The student is now taking classes in an annex building, but Dugas added that this had nothing to do with the alleged ISIS pledge. However, he refused to confirm why the student is being taught separately.