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Parents upset by Spanish recital of pledge at Fort Collins school

9:14 PM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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One father of two Rocky Mountain High School students speaks Spanish but completely disagrees with the club's actions.

"I'm a patriotic American, and I don't think the Pledge of Allegiance should be said in any language but English," said Brad Sadler, who said it would be OK if students spoke in another language to read the morning announcements - just not while repeating the age-old words of the nation's pledge.

"That's sacred," he said, noting that he feels no animosity toward any ethnic group. "That's just not done."

Rocky Principal Tom Lopez said what the student-initiated club - whose mission is to "destroy the barriers, embrace the cultures" - did was very appropriate and a learning experience. The week prior, the club's members said the pledge in French and, in the future, might recite the pledge in Korean, Arabic and possibly Chinese, Lopez said, adding that they would not be stopped.

The law makes it so anyone can choose whether to say the Pledge of Allegiance. In this case - as it is when the pledge is said in English - students could choose not to participate, said Lopez, surprised by the three parent complaints he received.

"I don't know if I would have expected to be berated for saying the pledge in another language," he said.

Sadler said the event left his son, a soon-to-be Marine, and friends livid. He believes this instance has created a divide among members of the school's community.

Lopez considers the school to be multicultural, an institution that would never defame the flag, dishonor veterans or promote unpatriotic activities.

"Rocky Mountain High School has always respected our country, our flag," he said. "I hope to be welcoming to culture. At no times do we not want to be diverse."

Written by: Madeline Novey, The Coloradoan


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