The family of 17-year-old black student, India Landry, of Windfern High school has filed a lawsuit against the school this Saturday, after Landry was expelled for refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Landry, who claims that she hasn’t stood for the pledge for years, claims that, “[students] were making rude comments saying, ‘This isn’t the NFL, you won’t do this here,’” she said in an interview after the incident. “I don’t want to stand for something that doesn’t represent what I’m going through.”
The black student continued, “I don’t think that the flag is what it says it’s for, for liberty and justice and all that. It’s not obviously what’s going on in America today.”
Recalling the incident, India noted that the Principal was called, and “The principal said, ‘Stand up or you’re out of here,’ ” then she was told that if she failed to comply, the police would be asked to escort her off campus.
The family is now suing the school over what they feel was a violation of Landry’s First Amendment rights. Kizzy Landry, the parent bringing the suit claims, “[the school] just assumed it was about race,” recalling that, “the assistant principal told her, ‘All the other African-Americans are standing, so you should stand, too.’” However, Landry’s mother was forced to eat her words, as her daughter later listed, “Police brutality” and “Donald Trump being President” as the reason she decided to sit for the Pledge.
It should be noted that – surprise of surprises – India Landry is not the best student. She has a remarkably extensive record of tardiness, spotty school attendance, and years of report cards full of failing grades.