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It is always been an American tradition for decades students in schools -- recite the pledge of allegiance at the start of each school day to remember that when -- -- going to school absolutely.
But in recent years more of our public institutions are moving away -- reciting the pledge for fear that it might offend or anger children.
And or their parents.
In his state of Oregon schools only make time for students to give them the opportunity to say the pledge once a week and one lawmaker says that's not -- up.
Republican representative Sal Esquivel says if schools received taxpayer dollars they should be acknowledging our national oath on a daily basis he joins us live right now from Portland morning itself.
Good morning are you today I'm doing OK I -- heard from a kid senior Latin -- schools by the name of Chandler court.
And he told you what.
Well actually he's from rogue river Oregon which -- southern Oregon.
-- and channel -- actually when he was a sophomore in high school had a principled but wouldn't allow them to.
Recite the pledge at all in the school itself.
And he said you have the opportunity to do the pledge when you walk through the gate.
And the flag is flown that's when your opportunity to do the pledges so Chandler went ahead.
Got people together did a petition got the townsfolk involved and -- -- administration involved and today they do.
The pledge of allegiance at least once a week that's that well once a week which you would like to do with your house bill.
Would be to have kids have the opportunity to say it one today -- Flags for classrooms which I thought all the classrooms had flags anyway -- -- Well most of them do but there are some schools one most most schools do a pledge.
But there are some schools that do not do pledges there are some schools that have no.
Flags whatsoever in the flags are actually free with organizations around via WDA are so on so forth so that's it's not a cost.
And we have -- one particular.
School down the southern Oregon that refuses to fly an American flag on the fly ball.
A public school that refuses to fly an American flag.
That's correct it's a public charter school located in southern Oregon.
And I've spoken with the principal or the administrator of that school.
And he still to this day has not flown that American flag that they possess now they have their position.
And I bet they don't -- it went up like at that they don't say the pledge either today.
Well my grandsons go to school there and one of my grandsons thirteen and he went to -- brick and mortar school in central point which is next to Medford and he.
Knows how to do the pledge because they did it daily surely they pledged themselves daily.
Whereas when he goes to this school I also have another -- on this -- this three years younger OK and he's only went to this public charter school.
He does not know how to do the pledge.
That is sad so what you would like to do is make sure that every kid in Oregon has the opportunities say the pledge once today how can anybody vote against -- now.
Well I I I I can answer that that's up to be individuals but it's coming out and I want to thank the speaker of the house.
Martina coat check and also the certain goals through the chair of the committee because -- bring in that thing out to the house -- so we can vote on -- -- we're going to be keeping an eye on it.
It's extraordinary that some schools don't even have American flags that they fly public schools thanks for bringing -- to our attention.
-- you know I think the thing that bothers me the most is why do I have to do a bill to do this.
Exactly we'd like have our our viewers right now emails what they think of the bill and the fact that it's a problem out there friends at foxnews.com.
A sell as well that's the -- we thank you very much for joining us today from Portland.
Thank you sir thanks have a good.
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