A California teacher is being investigated for allegedly removing the US Flag from her classroom, encouraging her students to instead pledge allegiance to a gay pride flag.
Kristin Pitzen was identified as the teacher on the video that was shared to “Libs of TikTok” on Friday, the original being a virtue-signaling submission to TikTok by Pitzen herself.
According to the New York Post, the Golden State teacher claimed her students have options as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance during her third-period English class.
“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,” Pitzen said. “So my class decided to stand, but not say the words. Totally fine.”
Pitzen claimed that the US Flag made her “uncomfortable” and replaced it with a LGBTQ pride flag after a puzzled student attempted to explain how awkward the situation was.
“I packed it away and I don’t know where, and I haven’t found it yet,” a giggling Pitzen continued. “But my kid today goes, ‘Hey, um, it’s kinda weird that we just stand and then, you know, we say it to nothing.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh well, you know, I gotta find it, like, I’m working on it, I got you.’”
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District released a statement concerning Pitzen on Saturday.
“Showing respect for our nation’s flag is an important value our district instills in our students and is an expectation of our employees,” district officials said. “We take this matter seriously and are investigating and addressing it.”
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