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Teacher Fired for Supporting In-School Pledge of Allegiance

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Teacher Fired for Supporting In-School Pledge of Allegiance

Teacher Fired for Supporting In-School Pledge of Allegiance
November 21
18:30 2018

Just when you thought everyone in America would support anything patriotic, here comes yet another situation that proves anything but. One teacher in St. Louis, Missouri learned this the hard way when he had the audacity to thank students for reciting the pledge of allegiance. Crazy, but true! According to Law and Crime, Jim Furkin, a 66-year-old substitute teacher at Parkway South High School watched his class say the pledge, and then gave a small thank you upon their completion to the 22 (out of 24) students that did the pledge willingly. This small gesture got him fired.

It’s most unfortunate that we want American citizens to appreciate their home, respect their land, and value their place in American society, yet we turn around and openly punish those who display pride in the very country in which they live. Furkin did not say anything that condoned, reprimanded, or verbally punished those two students who failed to participate in the pledge. He only thanked those who voluntarily said the pledge on their own. “I only said thank you very much to all of you that participated,” Furkin said in sharing his words on that fateful day. “I’m sure all of those families that lost loved ones so we could have the freedoms we have today would appreciate that too,” he continued to say. That was it. Those words were enough to seal his doom from ever teaching at the school again.

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At a time that American society is bombarded with propaganda, politics, and media that continue to promote division among the American people, one would think that Furkin’s actions would be commended and viewed as the ultimate in patriot acts. Instead, his action was not only punished, but it also sent a deadly message to students regarding their own patriotism. For one, it told the two students that refused to do the pledge that they were right: there is no patriotism worthy of being celebrated or acknowledged at this current time. Second, Furkin’s firing showed the students who did participate in the pledge that their patriotism is not appreciated in the very country they were showing their respect for. It is very unfortunate that this is what we are now teaching the younger generation.

It was reported that one of the two students who refused to do the pledge felt “singled out” and “bullied” by Furkin. The student also stated that they were hurt by his comments. Rather than the school using this opportunity to teach the student something about free speech the school instead used this as an opportunity to hide from the responsibility merely, only to then punish the cause behind their fears. “Furkin had a pattern of inappropriate conduct,” said the Parkway superintended, Keith Marty. “Additionally, his comments caused disruption during class,” Marty continued. Interesting that the disruption that was punished was that of American sharing sentiments about the country in which he lives.

The comments were not damaging to anything other than one student’s pride. Too bad that student’s pride did not include the country in which he resides. Equally bad is that we now live in a society that would rather punish someone for hurting someone else’s feelings than support them for upholding national pride.


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  1. Radman
    Radman November 24, 19:37

    Regarding public education, we have sadly traveled far afield from the path intended by this nation’s Founders, to wit:

    “It is an object of vast magnitude that systems of education should be adopted and pursued which may not only diffuse a knowledge of the sciences but may implant in the minds of the American youth the principles of virtue and of liberty and inspire them with just and liberal ideas of government and with an inviolable attachment to their own country.” – Noah Webster, On Education of Youth in America, 1790

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  2. Kmbold
    Kmbold November 24, 19:51

    Government schools are inevitably propaganda mills. Teach your children at home or in a private school, don’t submit them to such soul-killing perversity.

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  3. real
    real November 24, 20:00

    who cares we have a draft dodger as a president

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  4. fatboy
    fatboy November 24, 20:31

    Communism is here folks

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  5. NavyJR
    NavyJR November 24, 20:40

    WHY on Earth would anyone think patriotism would be lauded in a public school these days??? LEFTISM has controlled our so-called “education” system for decades; and leftism HATES patriotism.

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  6. Gary chamberlain
    Gary chamberlain November 24, 20:54

    This is EXACTLY why I vote DOWN EVERY school levy today. They’ve allowed the school systems to degrade this far into the toilet, so even though the kids loose, too bad!
    The atheist libtards have it all their way & they can all kiss my ass !

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  7. RacinRay US VETERAN
    RacinRay US VETERAN November 24, 21:46

    This teacher needs to have that law of the land brought down upon that school. They violated his constitutional right of free speech for one thing. The school needs to be punished for acting unpatriotic and sending the WRONG MESSAGE to all of the students. It is NOT OKAY to disgrace our american flag. Those two students, as well as the rest of the class was taught that disgraceful unpatriotic behavior was acceptable. These are tomorrows snowflakes. If someone can’t show respect for our countries flag and what it stands for, GET THE HELL OUT OF IT!!!!!

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  8. davidlaing
    davidlaing November 24, 21:53

    This is a difficult issue. Back in the 1950s, I refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance before classes began in the Marion Cross School, Norwich, Vermont, and I was asked to give my reason for this. I replied that I had already recited that pledge, and at the time, I REALLY MEANT IT! In other words, I saw no reason to recite it again just for the sake of “political correctness.” My feeling was (and is) that the mindless recitation of the pledge only demeans it.

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    • LoneMedic
      LoneMedic November 25, 03:55

      Does the mindless recitation of “I love you” to your significant other or children only demean it?

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    • Doc
      Doc November 25, 20:42

      David, I would like to know, exactly, how is the “voluntary recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance” mindless or demeaning of it?

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    • 2 purple Heart Vet
      2 purple Heart Vet November 27, 03:12

      A bit petty on your part. There is nothing mindless about teaching our youth about patriotism and love of country. One of our biggest problems today is we do not teach civics, American history and many other subjects to become American. Shame on you, little man.

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    • 2 purple Heart Vet
      2 purple Heart Vet November 27, 03:17

      In America you can be as stupid as you want (per you post). One of the biggest issues we have today is not teaching our youth about American history, Civics and the fact that being American has a price to pay, not all recipient crap. Shame on you. In the 50s, you obviously were not paying attention.

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    • Robin
      Robin December 20, 15:02

      Okay, this is tricky business. I do think the teacher should have remained neutral about whether or not kids were saying the pledge. Having said that, he should not have been fired; that’s a gross overreaction. Re being unpatriotic, etc., can I calm you down by reminding you that freedom of speech also includes the freedom not to say the pledge. I’m confident you don’t really want a North Korean-like forced “patriotic” response to flags and songs and what-not. I’m guessing it hurts you that some people don’t want to say the pledge. It seems disgustingly ungrateful, selfish, self-serving and all kinds of other things. But, the free speech we so lovingly protect must include speech that we don’t agree with – that speech even more so; otherwise there is no point. Right? It can bother the hell out of you, but can’t say ethically say you must feel, think and behave my way or you should leave. Is that really what you fought for?

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    • Spike
      Spike March 06, 01:05

      Am I the only one that doubts the veracity of davidlaing’s story? Or is it Politically incorrect on this forum to call out bullshit.

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  9. Evelyn
    Evelyn November 24, 22:42

    This school system is not what I want for my children. Get a new school board that appreciates that they live in the land of the free

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  10. Principals suck
    Principals suck November 24, 23:01

    I want to punch someone in the friggin face. I am a teacher. No, I am not promoting violence. I guess I need to be in a Fight Club for when stupid things like this happen anywhere in this country nowadays. Never forget 9/11. Never forget 9/11, Never forget 9/11. How many Times should I write it. The Principal of that school can blow me. You are garbage Mr. Principal.

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  11. sweliz
    sweliz November 25, 00:07

    I’m so thankful that throughout my life since the 1950’s, the pledge had been taught in school. From my early years to my many teaching years, expressing allegiance to this great nation has been a privilege. Millions have come to America for liberty and millions have died to ensure it. This shouldn’t even be an issue. Our school system expected student respect, so the pledge was said over the intercom in unison every morning. Repetition helped them memorize it and remember how blessed we were to be in this great nation. Some may not have said it, but they stood quietly. If they can’t respect the flag, then why are they here? If they don’t, love this country and flag, then why don’t they leave? I think the administrator should have been fired, not the teacher. That is unfair and the teacher should sue to be reinstated.

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  12. Sue
    Sue November 25, 00:46

    All the man said was “thank you”. Are we now condemned for saying “thank you”? Wow, I’ll have to remember to not say “thank you” to anyone for anything. I think it was ridiculous that he was fired.

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  13. E. B H. S
    E. B H. S November 25, 01:14

    I am thankful to have given allegiance to the flag of this great nation from the 1950’s and throughout the many years as a teacher. Our school system expected students to show respect and appreciation for this privilege often. It is a reminder of why millions come to America and why millions have died to ensure this liberty. The pledge was announced over the intercom as we recited in unison for all to learn and remember. The students were expected to stand for respect, though they may not all have repeated it. If you don’t respect the American flag, then why are you here? The teacher should sue the system to be reinstated. That is unfair and unamerican.

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    • Rog
      Rog December 23, 17:31

      An OUTSTANDING response. I’m an “old timer” who began elementary school during WWII. Of course, we began the school day with the “Pledge”. Our parents generation were fighting and dying on two fronts to maintain our freedom and liberty.

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  14. BJ
    BJ November 25, 02:02

    “If we can effectively kill the national pride and patriotism of just one generation, we will have won that country. Therefore, there must be continued propaganda abroad to undermine the loyalty of citizens in general, and teenagers in particular. By making drugs of various kinds readily available, by creating the necessary attitude of chaos, idleness and worthlessness, and by preparing him psychologically and politically, we can succeed.”
    — Vladimir Lenin

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  15. BC
    BC November 25, 10:37

    It is annoying that Americans (some) often like to pour scorn on Europe for our apparent submission to Islam, however it is clear that the US has also lost its sense of what it is. The unpatriiotic tail is wagging the patriotic ‘dog’

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    • Doc
      Doc November 25, 20:47

      “Pour scorn on Europe for OUR apparent submission to Islam??? Doesn’t even make sense. We don’t submit to Islam, though it seems the previous administration and many of our so-called “academics” would like us to.

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  16. TR
    TR November 25, 15:59

    I hope this teacher files a Federal US 1984 lawsuit / complaint for violating HIS rights.

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  17. E. B H. S
    E. B H. S November 26, 00:52

    Common sense should dictate that any practice, which is abusive and harmful to another person, should be illegal. FGM is under the category of child abuse. Any judge approving this isn’t in his right mind. Americans haven’t forgotten, who we are, or for what we stand. Illegals and immigrants of another culture have pervaded our society with savage implications. Jehovah God will be the judge.

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  18. E. B H. S
    E. B H. S November 26, 00:59

    Americans, who love the flag and America shouldn’t have a problem with saying the pledge of allegiance. Most Americans can stand respectfully without making it a big deal. The teacher should sue to be reinstated in education. His freedom of speech was violated over a petty issue.

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