During her Spanish class in 2011 at a McAllen High School, 15 year-old Brenda Brindson and her class were told to recite the Mexican Pledge and salute Mexico’s flag. Brenda refused saying she believed it was un-American of her to recite the pledge of another country and swear allegiance to it.
The clincher? Brenda’s mother is a Mexican immigrant, while her father is an American. Regardless of her Mexican roots, Brenda has sworn her allegiance to America and isn’t looking back. According to Brenda, it would be un-patriotic to pledge her loyalty to another country.
Brenda’s Spanish teacher, Reyna Santos, refused to back down on her demands. When Brenda steadfastly clung to only pledging to her own country (the US), she was forced to listen to other students recite the pledge over the course of the next few days. Even though Brenda did this ‘alternate assignment’ at her teacher’s direction, she was given a failing grade.
Brenda offered to recite the US Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish instead of Mexico’s pledge, but her teacher declined.
Interestingly enough,the McAllen public school district has a policy that prevents students from being forced to recite the American Pledge of Allegiance. Furthermore, the district also allows students to not recite parts of the US Declaration of Independence if they have “a conscientious objection to the recitation”. Not so with Mexico’s Pledge. That’s mandatory and you’ll get punished for refusing.
The Thomas More Law Center has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Brenda against the school district for forcing her to pledge allegiance to a foreign country or get punished. “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.”
It’s disturbing to see students being forced to say the pledge of a foreign country while saluting their flag. What has happened to American patriotism? How in the world can you pledge allegiance to a foreign country and still be loyal to your own?