A high school teacher in California is under investigation after a viral video shows her bragging about telling students to pledge allegiance to the gay pride flag.
According to Fox News.com, Newport Mesa School District’s Kristin Pitzen made the comment after discussing how she doesn’t require her class to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance (to the American flag).
“I always tell my class, stand if you feel like it, don’t stand if you feel like it, say the words if you want, you don’t have to say the words,” Pitzen says. In this, she is absolutely correct, legally; students are not required to participate in the Pledge if they so desire.
However, in Pitzen’s classroom — because it “made her uncomfortable” — there is no American flag to say the Pledge to. She sarcastically giggles about how she eventually would “find” the flag that used to hang in her room, using a “waving off” / “yeah, right” gesture.
She notes when a student had asked her where those who do wish to say the Pledge should look, she responded “We do have a flag in the class that you can pledge your allegiance to.” She pans the camera around to show the gay pride flag.
In the second part of the video, Pitzen shows the multitude of flags in her classroom, including gay pride flags, and gleefully boasts (with hand over heart) “I pledge allegiance to the queers.”
She shows off all the pride flags in her classroom and says “I pledge allegiance to the queers” pic.twitter.com/eQXe1OfPoW
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Newport Mesa Public Relations Officer Annette Franco told Fox News the district is “aware of this incident” and is investigating: “We can tell you that showing respect and honor for our nation’s flag is a value that we instill in our students and an expectation of our employees. We take matters like this seriously and will be taking action to address it.”
A Google search shows Pitzen is an English teacher at Back Bay/Monte Vista High School. However, only a cached version of the staff page is currently available. In addition, a LinkedIn page for Pitzen now “cannot be found.”
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