Justice for some in West Fork, not all | Arkansas Blog

Monday, October 12, 2009

Justice for some in West Fork, not all

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Have you heard the story about the 10-year-old fifth grader in West Fork sent to the principal's office for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? (And for suggesting his teacher should jump off a bridge when she invoked his mother and grandmother in trying to coerce him into the recitation?)

The Iconoclast replayed it over the weekend, with legal context. The Iconoclast dug up the great photo, too.

Young Will Phillips' parents, who are split on reciting the pledge themselves, were not surprised.

Their son told them last weekend he had decided to no longer stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at school because he didn't believe there is liberty and justice for all, especially when it comes to gay rights.

"To say them (words) and not mean them would be a lie," [his father] Jay said.

Says his mother

"He is not anti-American," Laura said. "He is very proud to live here, but he knows even at 10 he can make changes."

NOTE: A former LR School Board member reminds of the split vote some years back when the Board voted not to require recitation of the pledge.

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