According to Washington Post, on Feb 4, a Florida sixth-grader student was arrested for disrupting the classroom, making threats and resisting the officer’s efforts to leave the classroom, after a confrontation with his teacher over his refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Lakeland Police stressed that the minor was NOT arrested for refusing to recite the Pledge of Alliance. The headings of reports on this incident by quite a few Hong Kong media, like TVB (HK), Singtao, Steadline Daily, HK Good News, BastillePost, between Feb 18 and Feb 20, actually read, “US Black Boy Charged by the Police for Refusing to Stand up, Sing the National Anthem and Recite the Pledge of Allegiance” or its equivalents. Many HK localist netizens suspect that these more or less pro-Beijing media were thereby paving the way for the HK Government’s controversial proposed National Anthem Law, which would penalize with a maximum sentence of three years in jail and a fine of HKD50,000 any “disrespect” towards China’s anthem. In fact, “Silent Majority”, a violent pro-CCP group in Hong Kong cites the news on its facebook page, and remarks, “The US Police arrested the 11-year-old student boy entirely because he refused to sing the national anthem. Those pan-democrats are always asking the HK government to refer to the international standard. Now what more can they say? To enact the National Anthem Bill in HK is exactly in line with the international standard!”
The Lakeland school district said students are not required to participate in reciting the pledge. Indeed, the Supreme Court ruled in 1943 in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette that schools cannot require students to salute the flag or recite the pledge, citing First Amendment rights. But the substitute teacher was not aware of that.
The 11-year-old black boy, refused to stand for the pledge, telling the teacher that he thinks the flag and the national anthem are “racist” against black people, according to an affidavit. The teacher then called the school office, as she did not want to keep dealing with the student, but he made a scene by yelling and making menaces. https://www.localpresshk.com/2019/02/tvbfake/
Chapman Chen reports: