“I’m really tired of our government taking advantage of us,” said Mason Michalec, a sophomore at Needville High School, in Needville Texas, according to Fox News.
The 15-year-old has refused to stand for the pledge for most of the year, but he ran into trouble when a different teacher noticed he was staging a silent protest. “And she told me, ‘This is my classroom. This is the principal’s request. You’re going to stand,'” Michalec told Daily News. “And I still didn’t stand and she said she was going to write me up.”
Michalec implied that after he was punished with two days of in-school suspension, the principal warned him that he would face more suspensions if his protest continued, according to Daily News.
The 15-year-old says he loves his country, but he doesn’t agree with how politicians are running it. “I’m angry and frustrated and annoyed that they would try to write me up for something I have the right to do,” the teen told KHOU.com.
Dean Reese,a fellow neighbor, said punishing Michalec wasn’t a good move. In a free country, the veteran said, the teen should be able to say whatever he wants, according to Fox news. “The kid’s well-spoken and he’s well-informed,” said Reese. “It’s not like he’s ignorant, he’s not doing it to make people mad. He’s doing it because of his personal beliefs.”