BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. A high school junior has sued the Palm Beach County
School Board, claiming he was ridiculed and punished for refusing to stand
during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Cameron Frazier, with the support of the American Civil Liberties Union, is
challenging the school district and a Florida law that requires students to show
written permission from their parents before refusing to recite the pledge.
Teacher Cynthia Alexandre called the 17-year-old student "so ungrateful and
so un-American" after he twice refused to stand for the pledge in Alexandre's
classroom Nov. 8, according to a federal lawsuit filed on Dec. 22.
Frazier was then removed from the classroom. He is seeking unspecified
damages and legal fees.
"Patriotism is more than going along with everybody else and just saluting a
flag. It's about things like supporting our troops during the holidays and
helping hurricane victims," Frazier said in a statement provided by the
"This lawsuit is not about the Pledge of Allegiance," said Howard Simon,
executive director of the ACLU of Florida. "It is about his right to choose not
to stand to recite the Pledge of Allegiance."
School district spokesman Nat Harrington said he could not comment on pending
State law says the pledge is to be recited at the beginning of the day at all
elementary, middle and high schools. A student must stand for the pledge even if
he is exempt from reciting it with a written request from a parent, Harrington
"You cannot be disruptive during that time or any other time," Harrington