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California teacher docked students' grades for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance


A California teacher is accused of lowering two of her students' grades after they refused to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance. A Native American high school student said she has been choosing not to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance since the second grade as a form of peaceful protest.

Leilani Thomas told ABC News affiliate KXTV in Sacramento that she has been sitting out the pledge to protest the way Native Americans have been historically treated in the US. "My dad and my mom brought up what [the pledge] meant to us and our people and what happened—you know, the history," she told a reporter.


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