6th Grade Teacher Starts Kneeling In Class Each Day During National Anthem

“If you wanna be self-righteous go somewhere else," resident Ron Maccri told the school board. "Not in our schools.”

Vineland, NJ – A New Jersey middle school teacher who repeatedly opted to kneel in the classroom during the daily Pledge of Allegiance has been reassigned to other duties during that portion of the school day.

The unnamed Sgt. Dominick Pilla Middle School sixth-grade teacher sparked debate when she began kneeling during the pledge at the start of the academic year, the Daily Journal reported.

During a school board meeting on Oct. 2, several people expressed outrage and said that “taking a knee” brought a political agenda into the classroom, according to the paper.

Vineland resident Ron Maccri said that the teacher’s action was “reprehensible,” especially at a school named in honor of a local military hero.

U.S. Army Ranger Sergeant Dominick Pilla died in the line of duty on Oct. 3, 1993, while he was on a mission in Somalia, the Daily Journal reported.

His story was the basis for the 2001 movie “Black Hawk Down,” the Daily Mail reported.

“I was law enforcement for 25 years, when I went to roll call every morning, I had to stand at attention,” Maccri told the board, according to the Daily Mail. “I couldn't take a knee because I was working off of tax money, as she is.”

“If I took a knee, I would be sent home and progressive discipline would go from there,” he added. “If you wanna be self-righteous go somewhere else. Not in our schools.”

Maccri said he respects teachers for the job they do, but that political issues should be addressed at home by children’s parents.

“Teachers are paid to educate our students,” he told the board. “They are not paid to indoctrinate our students.”

The teacher said that she meant nothing “political” by choosing to kneel, and argued that doing so was her First Amendment right, according to the Philly Voice.

School principal Ismael Bermudez handled the situation by “reassign[ing] homeroom oversight so the teacher would have alternate duties during opening announcements,” school district personnel director Joe Rossi told the Daily Journal.

“Like all principals, Mr. Bermudez has the authority to utilize his building staff as appropriate,” Rossi explained. “The district and the teacher agree that this is a reasonable solution for all parties.”

The Vineland Education Association (VEA) agreed, and said that the issue was a “good opportunity for us all to have a lesson on civics,” the Daily Journal reported.

“It is a reasonable compromise that balances a school employee's free exercise of their religion versus a parent's concern of how that free exercise may influence their child,” VEA President Lou Russo told the news outlet. “We requested a legal opinion from our state affiliate and await its findings.”

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flybynight
flybynight

Hopefully reassigned to cleaning the bathrooms!!!!

Twhiting9275
Twhiting9275

So the "teacher" gets to continue to kneel on public $$$. No thank you. This is not a 'compromise', not at all. This is a teacher getting to do what the hell ever they want, again, instead of being disciplined for their actions

Texaslawman
Texaslawman

Gets to exercise her reigion? She is an ignorant fool who has no place in a classroom.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Former cop and veteran take on School Board about teacher kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance. Teacher gets reassigned.

"I was law enforcement for 25 years, when I went to roll call every morning, I had to stand at attention. I couldn't take a knee because I was working off of tax money, as she is,' Maccri told the board. 'If I took a knee, I would be sent home and progressive discipline would go from there. If you wanna be self-righteous go somewhere else. Not in our schools."

It begins at 49:00. At 53:43, after the former officer is done speaking you can hear one of the council members whisper, "I agree with him."

In God We Trust
In God We Trust

We are soooo bogged-down in the Trivial, Sometimes I have to Wonder if That is Not their End-game., Like a Magician, Focus their attention on the Small Detail while the Big Switch is underway. We are a Nation Killing nearly 3,000 of OUR Most Innocent EVERY DAY. Hmmmm, Ponder that for just a Few Seconds., Hmmmmm

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

this story, interesting though it may be, has nothing to do with Blue Lives Mattering. if this situation is more problematic because this is occurring at a school named after an American military person that got killed fighting African natives, then they should re-mame the school to have a less politically charged name.

Danimal9752
Danimal9752

"The teacher said that she meant nothing “political” by choosing to kneel, and argued that doing so was her First Amendment right, according to the Philly Voice."

No she has freedom of speech OUTSIDE OF WORK. You do not get unlimited freedom of speech, while at work......on someone else's dime. And of note, freedom of speech does not mean freedom of consequences.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

The teacher has freedom of speech and expression, but not freedom from the consequences of her actions.

She should be suspended without pay until she is willing to follow the rules of the school, which likely do not allow a teacher to express her personal political views while working.

Musical1
Musical1

2 topics to leave outside of work - religion and politics.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

The teacher wanted attention for herself and publicity for her views. She knew this would be a quick and easy access point that would be unlikely to come at the cost of her employment due to the current media climate. This stunt has nil association with her job description and betrays the responsibilities she owes the student body. Opportunistic and unprofessional.

RunCop
RunCop

Sounds like a liberal krunt

sonnyboy1
sonnyboy1

As the video from Jim H post states, the rules and regulations of this school states that employees may not bring political agendas into the class room. That's at 51:40 minutes.

Jones24
Jones24

That teacher should work in a college in CA. They don’t care about educating there only their personal agenda. Get her out of the Middle School!

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

I call bullshit.fire her ass..this is the kind of teachers who r indoctrinating our kids..brainwash them against all that is good..

DocRyder
DocRyder

I am always amazed, when stories like this appear, how many so-called Conservatives immediately trash the Constitution. These people loudly proclaim their patriotism while eagerly violating the Bill of Rights. It's disgusting. Our RIghts were put down in the Constitution to instruct government as to where it cannot tread. It applies to government exclusively, not the private sector. The Bill of Rights doesn't matter when an action is popular. It's when a protected act is unpopular that our Constitution shines. Was this teacher's action inappropriate? Yes. Was the action silly? Yes. Did it violate the Rights of others? No. Did it rise to the level of a criminal act? No. Government cannot prevent the teacher from exercising his or her right to expression. They can reassign her to other duties where his or her actions do not inappropriately bias the children.

Hi_Hi-Burgasometimes
Hi_Hi-Burgasometimes

Maybe that’s how she got her job. On her knees.

Judgesson
Judgesson

Political statements have NO PLACE in the schools!

Their Job is to TEACH not INDOCTRINATION!

This teacher needs to have an enema to remove her liberal ideologies.

If you cannot keep your personal beliefs and habits out of the classroom you need to find another way to support yourself.

Brainwashing our children in the schools of today is what has created “HOMESCHOOLING “! Parents don’t want this type of educational theatrics!

Teach History not Politics, Teach Civics not Liberalism, Teach Citizenship not Anti Socialism,

This is AMERICA not some third world melting pot where children don’t have a clue where they came from or when their ancestors chose to migrate west, east, north or south. WE ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS something to be proud of!

Kneeling has no place on a football field, In a classroom, or City meeting!

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS 🇺🇸

Trkrman1
Trkrman1

This animal needs to go away very fà

Mic911
Mic911

The story headline states teacher kneels during National Anthem, yet the story itself describes her kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance. Which one is it? I am still glad to see that they still say the Pledge in some schools today, I grew up doing it every day. As for the teacher, it may be your first ammendment right, but not in front of children you are supposedly teaching!! As far as I am concerned,if I seen you taking a knee during the National Anthem I would jerk your arse up off that knee and stand you straight and it would be worth me going to jail for assault, that is of course you had any witnesses.

investigator
investigator

A "reasonable compromise" ......BS!!! She is there to teach curriculum...NOT EXPRESS HER POLITICAL VIEWS!!! She should have been FIRED!!!!!

Janken
Janken

Blacks started this and sure didnt help any cause. Hurt so many people for stupidly kneeling. It doesnt matter to them. They had to pick our flag. Well in my eyes everyone who kneels are cowards. Let them go fight for our freedom. Freedom doesnt mean changing things. You destroy history because it offends you. I'm offended alot but not going to make a deal of it. It offends me of Martin Luther king, was forced to have a holiday for him. He wasnt perfect.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Stupid stunned cow!👎

Pat1978
Pat1978

I am 100% sure this turd of a teacher indoctrinates her students in her 'post-colonial wisdom' on a daily basis. It's asshats like her that are helping churn out social justice morons for the cult of woke intersectional feminism. Luckily, by the time they get to junior high, they will be rejecting just about anything an adult tells them anyway.

Qui_Gon_Jinn
Qui_Gon_Jinn

Ron Maccri: "Teachers are paid to educate our students, they are not paid to indoctrinate our students.”

The irony here is forcing them to learn, recite, and stand for the national anthem IS indoctrinating the students!!

EskaAmin
EskaAmin

Easy. Fire his/her ass. TO-FRICKIN'-DAY Why? Clear and blatant violation of school policy.

oneadam
oneadam

What was she saying during her proclaimed first amendment rights? Furthermore what religion was she freely exercising? I am a Disabled American Veteran and former USAF Security Policeman, I live everyday severe chronic pain etc from my service connected disabilities I still stand and proudly salute when I hear the national anthem because I respect that flag our nation and the Lord God Jehovah upon which our country was founded these schools and teachers should be teaching respect and love for our country God and for each other this kind of foundation laid in a young persons life could stop bullying and maybe schools shootings etc for when you truly love each other you do not want to harm another person. God Jehovah bless and protect you and your families and our great nation and all who dwell within

Janken
Janken

I actually hate these liberal assholess that think they are proving something. I am getting to be prejudice against a group of people. None or their relatives or their relatives have ever been slaves. The country is open yet there are some that want trouble. Grow up. No one gets a perfect life. Grow up and quit being a whine ass