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Man upset with school waiver to 'be excused from reciting' Pledge of Allegiance

(Source: Micah Brienen/Facebook) (Source: Micah Brienen/Facebook)
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A Florida man is getting a lot of attention online after taking a stand against Florida's new law regarding the pledge of allegiance.

Micah Brienen posted on Facebook that his niece brought home a waiver that asked parents to sign and return the form if they would like their child to "be excused from reciting" the pledge of allegiance.

The release said:

"I understand my rights as a parent and I request that my child, noted above, be excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The request includes standing and placing his/her right hand over his/her heart."

Earlier this month, Brienen took to Facebook in frustration.

The post went viral with nearly 29,000 shares.

A few days later Brienen posted that the waiver was included in the Student handbook for Leon County Schools in Tallahassee, Florida.

KFVS took a closer look at the handbook.

Turns out, a new Florida law requires the waiver to be included in student handbooks.

The law reads:

“Each student shall be informed by a written notice published in the student handbook or a similar publication pursuant to s. 1006.07(2) that the student has the right not to participate in reciting the pledge. Upon written request by his or her parent, the student must be excused from reciting the pledge, including standing and placing the right hand over his or her heart. When the pledge is given, unexcused students must  show full respect  to  the  flag  by  standing  at  attention,  men  removing the headdress, except when such headdress is worn for religious purposes, as provided by Pub. L. ch. 77-435, s. 7, approved June 22, 1942, 56 Stat. 377, as amended by Pub. L. ch. 77-806, 56 Stat. 1074, approved December 22, 1942.”

Additionally, the Board prohibits the intimidation of any student by other students or staff for the purpose of coercing participation.

Brienen hopes his post will generate enough interest in hopes the same policy to send out the waivers doesn't pass in another state.

On Aug. 23, Brienen posted that the waiver was removed from the student handbook for Leon County Schools district-wide.

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