East Tennessee student kicked out of class for refusing to stand for Pledge

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A public high school student's refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance got her booted from class in Hamilton County until a lawyer explained that her actions are religious.

Eighteen-year-old Tyner Academy senior Quinesha Garrett was removed this week from daytime classes and ordered to night school, where the pledge is not recited.

After meeting with her lawyer, school administrators reversed themselves and a school district spokeswoman said Garrett was being allowed to return to daytime classes Wednesday.

Garrett told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that she is a devout Christian and believes she should not pledge her allegiance to anyone but God.

Clark said that once school administrators became aware of Garrett's reason, "they nullified the transfer."

Administrators declined comment.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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