National News | Closings | Funerals | HighScore | Monday's Most Wanted | Local Jobs | TV Listings | Lottery | Bio's | More ›
Principal Cancels Pledge, National Anthem For Day In Response To Student Complaints
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on December 04, 2012 @ 7:38PM
Created on December 04, 2012 @ 7:35PM
A Kanawha County principal cancelled the pledge of allegiance for a day after a handful of students claimed they were being forced to recite it.
Capitol High School Principal Clinton Giles also canceled the national anthem Monday. He told media outlets that the students' complaints disturbed him because they misrepresented what the school was doing, so he cancelled it for a day. 
He said Capitol students aren't required to recite the pledge but they do have to stand up during the pledge so they don't distract other students. A 1943 supreme court ruling said students can't be forced to say the pledge or salute the flag in school.

Add your Comment
You must have an active WDTV.COM user account to post comments. Please login to your account, or create your free account today!

Comments (1)
Dec 05, 2012 at 1:14 AM
Since when does a 'few' minorities get to decide on anything over the majority? This principal "left his brain at home for a day!" Don't put up with this stupidity people. YOU have rights also and a few do not rule over a majority. Fight for your rights or they 'few' will take all your rights away. Stupidity abounds in leadership roles across the country today. In my county, he would be gone and replaced with someone with common sense. No one was 'forced' to recite the pledge; he even admitted this. It would appear maybe 'he' is the instigator or if not, he at least showed a poor judgment and wimpish spine.
5 News Most Popular
WDTV on Facebook
WDTV on Twitter
WDTV on YouTube
Contact WDTV
WDTV Mobile App