Why would any parent that sends their child to a Bay District School want to, or be allowed to, exempt their child from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance? Their child is receiving a "free" education at the expense of Bay County property taxpayers, yet it is too much to ask of a student to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? What am I missing? Below are quotes from the current Bay District School’s Parent Resource Guide:

The Pledge of Allegiance is defined: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The Pledge of Allegiance shall be rendered by students standing with the right hand over the heart.

The Pledge of Allegiance shall be recited at the beginning of the day in each public elementary, middle and high school in the state."

"Each student shall be informed by a written notice published in the student handbook or a similar publication pursuant to s. 1006.07(2) that the student has the right not to participate in reciting the pledge. Upon written request by his or her parent, the student must be excused from reciting the pledge, including standing and placing the right hand over his or her heart."

"When the pledge is given, non-exempt students must show full respect to the flag by standing at attention, men removing any headdress, except when such headdress is worn for religious purposes. If you would like your student to be exempt, please contact your child’s school directly. The school will advise you how to proceed with your written request."

Maybe the parents that object to the Pledge of Allegiance should instead consider giving thanks to the school for providing a "free" education to their child at the expense of the thousands of property taxpayers in Bay County. Or maybe the taxpaying citizens of Bay County should revisit this policy and do away with this exemption?

I guess asking people to be patriotic and show respect to our flag is too much to ask of some of our Bay County residents?

Steve Geczy

Panama City