I respect anyone who can resist the peer pressure to stand during the pledge. This kid did that and the Supreme Court has ruled that he is within his right to do so.
The principal has decided the only recourse against this student is to violate the constitution by suspending him.
Lest someone say “Tim, you are an atheist so you obviously would be on this kid’s side” let me point out that this has nothing to do with religion. Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t stand during the pledge. They have just as much of a right to make that decision as an atheist kid.
And by “right,” I mean an actual legal right that has been upheld by the Supreme Court. If you want to sit during the pledge, that is your constitutional right.
You don’t get to suspend kids for refusing to stand during the pledge. When you do that, you are violating the very ideals the pledge is supposed to be there for.
The principal of a school ought to appreciate the irony.