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Florida teacher removed after reprimanding students who didn't stand for Pledge of Allegiance

Posted at 5:24 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 17:24:25-04

A Florida teacher was removed from the classroom after he wrote a message on the whiteboard reprimanding students who don't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

In his message, Daniel Goodman, mentioned the Civil War, slavery, and voting rights for women.

Goodman says he never meant to offend anyone, but wanted to point out signs of progress over the years.

He says none of his homeroom students stood for the pledge in the first two days of school.

"Having an open discussion in class about social issues within the class is okay. But for a teacher to just force his opinion I don't think that's right," said an anonymous parent.

Goodman was removed from the classroom as the Office of Professional Standards Investigates.

Citing Florida law, Duval County Public Schools says students have the right not to stand for the pledge with written request from a parent to be excused.