Dispute over Pledge of Allegiance surfaces at Spring Valley High School


    A couple of dozen students are suspended at Spring Valley High School. They say they were protesting because "one nation under God" was left out of the Pledge of Allegiance. (WCHS/WVAH)

    Spring Valley High School Principal Tammy Forbush says she made a mistake when saying the Pledge of Allegiance Tuesday morning.

    "I left out the line that says 'and to the republic for which it stands', because I was concentrating on not leaving out 'one nation under God', said Forbush.

    The mistake exploded on social media with students organizing a protest Wednesday morning.

    "We all sat together and said we're not leaving until you say the pledge right. She said I'm not going to associate with you guys. Not the time or the place," said Alexis Potter, a student at Spring Valley High School. "We were sitting in the commons today. She said herself I was debating on whether to put one nation under God in the pledge," said Brianna Frye, a student at Spring Valley High School.

    "Multiple teachers and adults heard the phrase 'one nation under God', said Forbush.

    Forbush says the students were disciplined for not going to class.

    "We got suspended for two days and we wanted to talk like civilized people with her and she refused," said Frye

    Wayne County School Superintendent Todd Alexander says state law requires schools to say the Pledge of Allegiance daily, adding that will happen at Spring Valley as well as religious rights being protected.

    "I think it's very unfair. My daughter was suspended for two days. As of yesterday my daughter was told not to bring a Bible to school," said Misty Maynard, a parent of a student at Spring Valley High School.

    Parents tell us the incident is far from over. Many say they are planning to be at the next Wayne County School Board meeting, and some are seeking legal advice.

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    About a couple dozen Spring Valley High School students have been suspended after several said they were standing up for the school leaving out “one nation under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Spring Valley Principal Tammy Forbush said the whole thing is a misunderstanding that blew up on social media. She said students were suspended for not leaving the commons area and returning to class.

    But students staged a protest Wednesday morning, saying “one nation under God” was intentionally left out.

    The principal says it wasn't. While concentrating on saying that line correctly, she messed up the line and “too the republic for which it stands,” she said.

    Now several students involved in the demonstration said they have been suspended for two days.

    “How do you come to grips with this?” parent Misty Maynard said. “Keep them out of the worldly trouble.”

    Several parents said this incident is far from over. They are planning to be at the next Wayne county school board meeting and some are even seeking legal advice.

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