Students to recite Texas, American flag pledges
By 09/25/2003 00:00:00
County supports ‘Eat with your family at dinner'
The Ellis County Press
ELLIS COUNTY - Students in government-run public schools have been mandated by the state to recite both allegiances to the Texas and American flags, a habit quickly picked up after the Sept. 11 attacks two years ago.
Since a majority of Ellis County schools opened their doors in August, students have been reciting the pledges, and taking a moment of silence out before school begins each day - efforts, lawmakers have said, to instill pride and patriotism into students.
However, there are some students - as well as school districts - which would object to the coercion the state makes in promoting patriotism.
For example, the Red Oak, Waxahachie and Midlothian
school districts all allow a student to refrain from standing, or saying the pledge, but mocking and taunting because of it is also against the rules.
In fact, every school district in Ellis County has a waiver policy allowing students to opt out of the pledges.
'I do not understand, if these people have such pride in themselves to think that they don't have to say the pledge, you would think that they would have enough pride in themselves to say a few words out of respect and thanks for their country,' said Midlothian High School senior Lauren Mosley.
'It [requirement] is hypocritical in a way, but then again, the school board members are adults, so they would be able to handle their complaints about the pledge [or moment of silence] in a much more formal fashion.'
Ellis County even passed a resolution recently supporting a study finding students are at a lower risk at smoking and doing drugs while eating dinner with their family, as opposed to not sitting down each night.
County Judge Chad Adams had said during his campaign one of his goals was to help utilize church support in possibly helping with social services and programs.
Some people, however, have found the commissioners' court-cited study as faulty, but Adams maintained a strong family unit is vital to society.