Teen says teacher ‘humiliated’ her for not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance: 'I felt really disrespected'

Elise Solé
Illinois teen Sukayla Jones, a student at Edwardsville High School, says her teacher called her out in a quiz after she didn’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance. (Screenshot: Fox 2)

A high school student who didn’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance thinks her teacher took revenge in the form of a classroom quiz.

Sukayla Jones, a junior student at Edwardsville High School in Illinois, has not recited the Pledge of Allegiance since she was 12, according Fox 2

“During the moment of silence, I don’t say anything. And when they say the pledge, I face my phone down and I’m quiet, and I don’t stand and I don’t say it,” Jones told the outlet.

A multiple-choice quiz given at an Illinois high school made a student feel targeted. (Photo: Fox 2)

On Monday morning, Jones’ English literature teacher gave students a multiple-choice quiz that the teen took personally. The test title was, “When a substitute is present…it’s always best to….” and the third answer read, “Refuse to stand for the Pledge and then abruptly walk out of the classroom, rather than take responsibility for your actions and simply discuss your choice in a mature manner.”

Jones told the local news station, “I was, like, ‘I know this is about me because no one else has done this before in his class.’ I felt really disrespected and wrong for what I did.”

The Edwardsville Community Unit District 7 Schools and the English teacher did not return interview requests from Yahoo Lifestyle.

An official sent a statement to Fox 2: “Edwardsville High School’s practice does not require students to stand when the pledge of allegiance is said as long as the student is not disrupting the class.”

According to the girl’s mother Susan Nicholson, her daughter is humiliated and the teacher should publicly apologize. “…You are targeting her and it’s immature and disrespectful.” The family could not be reached by Yahoo Lifestyle.

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