WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will now be able to cite any reason for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
The school board voted 8-0 Tuesday night in favor of changing the district’s pledge policy. The board approved the change 8-1 at its last meeting April 10, but a second vote was needed to make the change official.
Previously, students could only opt out of saying the pledge for religious reasons. The new policy puts the district in line with state pledge guidelines.
School system officials took up the issue after a high school student who decided not to stand during the pledge was told by his teacher that he had to stand.
The student’s parent contacted the school, and the teacher responded that skipping the pledge is disrespectful to the flag and the freedoms it stands for.