Did Thanking Students For Pledge of Allegiance Recital Get A Teacher Banned?

Sub claims he's banned from high school building now

Michael Calhoun
November 16, 2018 - 9:22 am

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KMOX) — A substitute teacher claims he's been banned from the Parkway South High School building because he thanked English students for saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

"Freshman kids were in there, and we said the Pledge of Allegiance as requested on the loudspeaker," Jim Furkin told Parkway School Board members this week. "At the end, I thanked the class for saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Then I also said 'I'm sure those families who lost loved ones so we can enjoy the freedoms we have would appreciate that effort.'"

Furkin then says a student, who didn't stand for the pledge, immediately asked to see the counselor. A couple of days later, Furkin was told the student was hurt by his comments and then, he was told he'd never work in the building again.

The board promised to investigate what happened and get back to him via letter.

Substitute teachers in Parkway are employed by a subcontractor, Kelly Educational Staffing.

District spokeswoman Cathy Kelly told The Associated Press students choose whether to participate in the pledge, "and our role as educators is not to make a judgment about that choice."