Pledge Of Allegiance Problems

November 8, 2010 Updated Nov 9, 2010 at 7:28 AM EDT


November 8, 2010 Updated Nov 9, 2010 at 7:28 AM EDT

NORTH COLLINS, NY ( WKBW ) Rosemarie Triodl prides herself on being very patriotic. For her, saying the Pledge of Allegiance is a serious matter. That is why she is so upset with North Collins Elementary School. Triodl says school administrators are not giving the Pledge of Allegiance the respect it deserves.

At issue is how students in the grade school recite the Pledge each morning. Currently, morning announcements are broadcast over the school's public address system. They are followed by a complete reading of the school's Character Pledge - then only the first few words from the Pledge of Allegiance.

"From that point forward, the student cuts out and each individual classroom continues with the full Pledge (of Allegiance) in their own classroom at their own pace, says North Collins Central Schools Superintendent Ben Halsey. "So that kindergartners can say it at the rate and speed and understanding that they are capable of. And the sixth graders who are in the building can say it at the rate and the pace and the understanding that they are capable of." responds Superintendent Halsey.

Rosemarie Triodl disagrees. "If this can be said as a group (referring to the Character Pledge), there is no excuse that our Pledge of Allegiance cannot be said as a group." argues Triodl. On October 26, 2010, Rosemarie Triodl resigned her two-year position on the North Collins School Board to protest the policy. "I can't be a part of a group that in my opinion does not respect the Flag."

And she is not the only one upset. Over two hundred and fifty people have signed a petition demanding that North Collins Elementary School read the Pledge of Allegiance in full each morning over the school's P.A. system. Upset residents plan to speak out at the school board meeting planned for November 9th at 6:30pm in the North Collins High School library.

"We are listening and we have given a lot of time to this issue. And we are not just casting it aside saying we are going to do it a certain way." says Superintendent Ben Halsey.

A school district committee is currently studying the policy and expects to submit a report to the superintendent by the end of November.