Wait, there’s an “African-American national anthem?”
(WCHS) — Controversy fills the halls at a Kanawha County high school, Monday, after the principal cancels the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.
Capital High School principal Clinton Giles refused to comment on camera about his decision to pull the pledge, he did say off camera, that he was trying to make a statement, after getting complaints he was forcing students to recite the pledge.
“My understanding is we had some calls from parents that students were being told that they had to stand and if they didn’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, and I also believe they played the African American national anthem, then they were disciplined for that,” explained Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring.
Duerring says that schools are required to say the pledge, but students are not required to stand and recite it. They have the option to remain seated. Giles told Eyewitness News that he does ask students to stand during the pledge, but they aren’t forced to recite it.