9th grader sues over Pledge of Allegiance confrontation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The parents of a South Carolina high school student are suing a teacher, principal, and other education officials saying she was accosted when she didn’t stop and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Fifteen-year-old Marissa Barnwell says she was walking quietly to class at River Bluff High School last November and decided not to stop for the pledge or a moment of silence that followed.

Barnwell says the teacher yelled and pushed her against a wall and the principal didn’t do anything about it.

State law allows students to refuse to recite the pledge as long as they aren’t disruptive. Lexington School District 1 says it is working on a response to the lawsuit but had no other comment.

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