Pledge of Allegiance form axed after outcry

A form allowing Leon County students to opt out of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance sparked social media backlash, prompting the district to scrap the move.

Facebook user Micah Brienen posted a photo of the form he said was brought home by his niece who attends Killearn Lakes Elementary. Across the form is written in red ink: “This is the dumbest thing I have ever read. I am so ashamed of this.” By early Tuesday afternoon, the post had been shared nearly 3,500 times.

The form’s purpose, according to LCS, was to fulfill a state law passed this spring mandating that language informing parents of their rights concerning the Pledge of Allegiance be included directly in the student handbook. LCS generally urges parents to access the handbook online, but the plan was to produce a number of physical copies.