A California teacher who bragged in a now-viral social media video that she suggested her students pledge allegiance to the LGBT flag is now under investigation.
In the video, a woman identified as Kristin Pitzen of Newport Mesa School District explains that she had removed the American flag from her classroom during the pandemic because it made her “uncomfortable.”
Pitzen laughed as she explained that when students asked where to turn during the pledge since there was no flag, she, clearly very amused, happily suggested they could pledge allegiance to the LGBT banner instead.
Teacher mocks the American Flag and suggests to students they can say the Pledge of Allegiance to the pride flag: pic.twitter.com/1QTS5xjPln
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) August 27, 2021
“Okay, so during third period, we have announcements and they do the pledge of allegiance,” she explains at the start. “I always tell my class, stand if you feel like it, don’t stand if you feel like it, say the words if you want, you don’t have to say the words.”
“So, my class decided to stand but not say the words. Totally fine,” she explained. “Except for the fact that my room does not have a flag,” adding sotto voce that this was “because it made me uncomfortable.”
When one student asked where to look during the pledge, she told him she’d taken the flag down and had to figure out where it was, telling him, “I got you.” However, as she retold this, she shook her head and gestured indicating she didn’t intend to do any such thing, suggesting she essentially lied to her student.
“In the meantime,” she continued, “I tell this kid, ‘We do have a flag in the class that you can pledge your allegiance to. And he like, looks around and goes, ‘Oh, that one?'”
She then moves her phone so we can see the large LGBT+ pride flag on the wall of her classroom.
The video quickly attracted outrage as it spread across social media, particularly as it was posted the same week that 13 U.S. service members lost their lives in a terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, the single worst casualty event for our military in 11 years.
Critics included Richard Grenell, who was notably the first openly LGBT person to serve in a president’s cabinet when he was picked as U.S. ambassador to Germany by President Donald Trump.
What kind of parent would allow their child to be taught by this wacko?
Why are parents turning their kids over to someone they don’t know?
I’d like to talk to people who think this is good?!? https://t.co/VnNxeBWLjA
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) August 28, 2021
On Saturday, the Newport Mesa School District told Fox News that the incident is being investigated.
Although they would not provide further details as they do not “discuss employee related matters,” their statement did strongly indicate that Pitzen’s behavior was not considered acceptable.
“We are aware of this incident and are investigating. While we do not discuss employee related matters, we can tell you that showing respect and honor for our nation’s flag is a value that we instill in our students and an expectation of our employees. We take matters like this seriously and will be taking action to address it,” the district’s public relations officer, Annette Franco, told the network.
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