Full ArticleAfter asking his parents whether it was against the law not to stand for the pledge, Will decided to do something. On Monday, Oct. 5, when the other kids in his class stood up to recite the pledge of allegiance, he remained sitting down. The class had a substitute teacher that week, a retired educator from the district, who knew Will's mother and grandmother. Though the substitute tried to make him stand up, he respectfully refused. He did it again the next day, and the next day. Each day, the substitute got a little more cross with him. On Thursday, it finally came to a head. The teacher, Will said, told him that she knew his mother and grandmother, and they would want him to stand and say the pledge.
Given that his protest is over the rights of gays and lesbians, the taunts have taken a predictable bent. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the lunchroom and in the hallway, they've been making comments and doing pranks, and calling me gay,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It's always the same people, walking up and calling me a gaywad.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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