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1st grader asked to stand after taking knee

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A Florida mother said her son, who's in the first grade, decided to kneel during the Pledge of Allegiance and was asked to stand.

The mom said she wasn't expecting the text she got from her son's first grade teacher.

"I knew where he had seen it but I did tell him that in the classroom we are learning what it means to be a good citizen,” the mother said. "What that said to me was that him taking a knee was the exact opposite, he was disrespectful of the country, he was being disrespectful of the flag."

The mom says she didn't tell her son to do it, but regardless, her issue is how it played out at school.

“She told him right away, based on what he told me, to stand up and stop it. That's not her right,” the mother said.

Linda Cobbe with the district says they follow state law.

 “It would have been better if the teacher would have pulled the student aside and talked about it without the other students witnessing it,” Linda Cobbe said. “The only way that a student can be exempted from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is if they have a written request from their parent and even then the law says that they still have to stand."

They plan to discuss the policy with parents and staff.

They said respect and civility are important.

"We certainly would not want to infringe on anyone's rights but we have to follow state law,” Cobbe said.

The mom hopes everyone will learn from this.

"The bigger issue is cultural. They have demonstrated to me through multiple incidents that they don't take inclusion and diversity serious,” she said.

The student or the teacher didn't face any disciplinary action for the incident.

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