Lawsuit Filed Against Texas School For Punishing Student Who Refused to Recite The Mexican Pledge of Allegiance

Because Texas had the audacity to refuse Obama’s Core Curriculum, along with the associated textbooks, they are under a major attack from the Progressive Commies who have flocked to Texas in an attempt to turn the state Blue. 

In the near future, expect to see more examples of teachers in Texas bullying students into compliance with Progressive ideals:

Brenda Brinsdon

In one Texas School, Students have the Right to Opt-Out of Reciting the American Pledge of Allegiance . . . but Not the Mexican Pledge; Lawsuit Filed

ANN ARBOR, MI – Just as the 2011 school year began, Brenda Brinsdon, then a 15 year-old sophomore at Achieve Early College High School (AECHS) in McAllen Texas, was thrust into the national spotlight after she refused to stand up, extend her arms straight out with palms down and recite the Mexican Pledge of Allegiance and sing the Mexican National Anthem.  Reyna Santos, the Spanish 3 teacher, required all her students to recite this allegiance to Mexico. Click here to see local news coverage.

When the time came for the students to stand up and recite the Mexican pledge, Brenda Brinsdon refused.   Brenda, born in the United States, is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and an American father.  Brenda is fluent in Spanish and English and is proud of her Mexican heritage, but she is a true blooded American.  So to Brenda, the words of the pledge have a deep meaning. Her conscience and patriotism would not allow her to participate in the assignment.  She believed it was ‘un-American and she was exercising her constitutional right not to be forced to pledge allegiance to Mexico.  The school punished her for her refusal.

As a result, the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, along with local Texas attorney Jerad Najvar, filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Brenda and her father William Brinsdon claiming that school officials violated Brenda’s  constitutional rights. Click here to read the federal lawsuit.

Ironically, the assignment to recite the Mexican pledge was given during the school’s celebration of Freedom Week, marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and also on U.S. Constitution Day.  According to the McAllen School District policy for Special Programs, social studies classes during Freedom Week were required to recite the text of the Declaration of Independence.  However, excusals from recitation are granted for students who have a conscientious objection.

The longstanding Supreme Court decision, West Virginia State Bd. of Educ. v. Barnette, (1943), and the school district’s own policy prohibit a school from compelling students to recite the American Pledge of Allegiance.  However, the School District ignored those rules when Brenda Brinsdon refused to recite the Mexican pledge.

Brenda’s refusal was not well received by her teacher, Reyna Santos, or the school principal, Yvette Cavasos.  Both tried to coerce her to recite the Mexican pledge, saying this was just an assignment.  Brenda attempted to discuss reasons for her refusal to pledge allegiance to a country other than the United States with both Santos and Cavasos. When Brenda did not back down, she was punished.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), commented, “Too many Americans—including those of Mexican descent—have suffered and died protecting our nation. It’s astonishing that this Texas school would deny Brenda her right of conscience and free speech not to pledge allegiance to a foreign country.  There is a sad trend in public schools across our nation to undermine American patriotism.  But it’s encouraging to see students like Brenda stand up for America despite pressure from school officials.”

Santos gave Brenda an alternate assignment; write an essay on the Independence of Mexico.  While performing above average on all previous assignments in the class, Brenda completed this assignment on time but was given a failing grade. She was also required to sit in class over the next several days and listen to student after student reciting the Mexican pledge.

Following the incident, Brenda was involuntarily removed from her Spanish class.  She spent the class hour in the school’s office, even though she requested to return to the classroom.  Brenda was also given a failing grade on her report card, which was later corrected.

Brenda videotaped the class on her cell phone and brought it home to show her father.  Click here to see Brenda’s cell phone video.   Mr. Brinsdon attempted to contact several school officials but he never received a return call.

The lawsuit claims the school district and school officials deprived Brenda of her right to freedom of speech and equal protection of the law by discriminating against and unjustly punishing her because of her viewpoint.  The lawsuit names the McAllen Independent School District, AECHS Principal, and Spanish teacher Reyna Santos as defendants.

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5 Comments on “Lawsuit Filed Against Texas School For Punishing Student Who Refused to Recite The Mexican Pledge of Allegiance”

  1. Its a sad day in America when the students have to file lawsuits to punish the lib-idiots who are trying to get rid of our Constituational rights.

    IF my oldest daughter takes a foreign language class and is forced to make any allegence to any other country than America its time to get rid of the libs and those who support policies that force their ways on those of us who dont want them.

  2. Big Frank Says:

    This is a sickening display of blatant anti Americanism, by the Communist inspired lunatic left. IMHO a good start would be to reconvene the House Anti American Activates Committee, and subpoena these ranks of ‘the enemy within’ to explain their actions. Hopefully the school district will get spanked where it hurts in the pocketbook.

  3. tgusa Says:

    There are lots of citizens of the USA whose families have been opposing Spanish rule since 1585. I see the opposition to that as a moral issue, I won’t compromise. No, you can’t steal our gold and or artifacts! They cannot just come here and try to force themselves on the rest of us like they always have.

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, Mexicans.
    Mexicos glass house (it’s constitution).
    Free Republic.
    – Immigrants and foreign visitors are banned from public political discourse.
    – Immigrants and foreigners are denied certain basic property rights.
    – Immigrants are denied equal employment rights.
    – Immigrants and naturalized citizens will never be treated as real Mexican citizens.
    – Immigrants and naturalized citizens are not to be trusted in public service.
    – Immigrants and naturalized citizens may never become members of the clergy.
    – Private citizens may make citizens arrests of lawbreakers (i.e., illegal immigrants) and hand them to the authorities.
    – Immigrants may be expelled from Mexico for any reason and without due process.

    They made their own beds.

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  5. Here’s more opinions on the story:

    KUHNER: The United States of Mexico?

    Endgame of multiculturalism looms: Hispanic reacquisition of the Southwest

    By Jeffrey T. Kuhner

    The Washington Times

    Thursday, October 20, 2011


    Hearing ahead in lawsuit over class use of Mexican Pledge, National Anthem

    May 12, 2013

    by Lou Ann Anderson


    I am sure the rest of the story will be coming out soon…

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