N.Y. School to Maintain ‘Partial’ Pledge of Allegiance Policy
By Joshua Rhett Miller
Published November 10, 2010 | FoxNews.com
The superintendent of North Collins Central School District told FoxNews.com that North Collins Elementary School will continue announcing the first six words of the pledge — “I pledge allegiance to the flag” — and then let students continue at their own pace. (North Collins Elementary School)
Despite pleas that the Pledge of Allegiance should be recited in unison over the public address system, students at an upstate New York elementary school will continue to hear only a six-word prompt before they continue the recitation in their classrooms.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag” will be heard over the intercom at North Collins Elementary School, but then the sound system will shut off and the students will finish the pledge in class at their own pace, Ben Halsey, superintendent of North Collins Central School District, told FoxNews.com on Wednesday.
“It has been the philosophy of the building that the pledge does indeed get recited every day, but it gets recited by teachers and students individually, so the pace is appropriate for their level,” Halsey said. “The public address system simply serves as a prompt to start the pledge.”
He said the practice enables students to recite the pledge at their own pace, which is typically slower for younger students.