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Texas student sues school over Pledge of Allegiance dispute

11 October 2017, 10:49 | Melissa Porter

India Landry

India Landry

West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, a 1943 Supreme Court case cited in the lawsuit, protects students from being forced to salute the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance in public school. The senior recounted the incident to KHOU, "And then the pledge came on, and they both stood".

India, a senior, was allowed to return to the school on Friday, but feels uncomfortable about what happened.

Landry's mother, Izzy Landry, says she recorded a phone call of the principal telling her that India was expelled because of her refusal to stand. As such, it's easy to fall behind at the school, she said.

Kallinen said Landry and her daughter are seeking an undisclosed amount in damages for mental anguish.

"I don't want to stand for something that doesn't represent what I'm going through", she said.

Like many high schoolers before her, India Landry found herself in the principal's office Monday morning.

It's something India has done for as long as she can remember. The lawsuit was a last resort, she said, once the administration refused to correct their mistake. She asked me to, and I said I wouldn't.

It's never been a problem - until now.

People across the nation have joined in on the fight to protest against ongoing social injustices targeting African-American with the #TakeTheKnee movement, but one Texas high school student says her participation has gotten her kicked out of her school.

"All of a sudden, you have all of these issues with my child, but if it was like this, you would've said something a long time ago", Kizzy said.

Windfren High School student India Landry has consistently chosen to remain seated in class while the Pledge of Allegiance is recited for almost 7 months. She knows her decision.

"I was actually terrified, I see what's going on with the country", India's mother Kizzy told the Daily News on Saturday.

The school district has a policy that if you don't say the Pledge of Allegiance, you still stand unless you have a note from your parents. The district said it is handling the situation internally.

The lawsuit against the Cypress Fairbanks ISD school district states that students can not be forced to stand for the Pledge, and that the school had no right to kick out India.

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