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6th-grader arrested in Florida after confrontation over pledge

3 months 20 hours 55 minutes ago Monday, February 18 2019 Feb 18, 2019 February 18, 2019 10:22 AM February 18, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A Florida sixth-grader faces charges of disrupting a school function and resisting arrest after a confrontation that followed his refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
  
In a statement , Lakeland Police say a school resource officer was alerted to a disturbance created by a student in the classroom at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy on Feb. 4.
  
According to police, the student initially refused to leave the room, continued to be disruptive and made threats while being escorted to the school's office by the officer and the school's dean.
  
The statement says the student was charged based on his failure to comply with the officer's and the dean's orders, not his refusal to participate in the pledge. Polk County students aren't required to stand for the pledge.

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