On Wednesday, as Pine Bush High School was celebrating National Foreign Language Week, a teacher asked student Andrew Zink, who usually leads the school in the Pledge, if another student could do it instead, in another language. “I wanted to say yes because I felt this is the right thing to do,” Zink told the LA Times Thursday. But almost immediately, he says, the trouble began. “The anti-Muslim sentiment started to build,” he says. “The poor girl who read it, she’s so sweet and when she finished reading it people called her a terrorist. They told her to go back to the Middle East. They mercilessly degraded her and I felt awful for her.”More at Salon. The story reminds me of Sarah Palin's comment: "If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance."
Andrew Zink, meanwhile, says he is now no longer permitted to lead the Pledge, and “may be impeached from his post as senior class president.” And on a blog post Friday, his mother shared some of the online vitriol that has been directed toward her and her “commie” son, from, she says, “adults across the country,” telling them to “just leave and join ISIS.”