WFAA, Dallas/April 6, 2007
By David Schechter
A student who refuses to recite the Pledge of Allegiance has been given a two-day suspension from Lewisville High.
He says, saying the pledge violates his religious beliefs.
The school district says his behavior is a distraction to the rest of the classroom.
For most Texans, the American flag is the fabric that binds us together.
Even more so, in this time of war.
In fact, it is state law that all children honor it daily by saying the pledge of allegiance.
That is, unless a child objects, like Adrian Boykin does.
"The only thing I pledge allegiance to is God, not a flag. It's cloth to me."
Boykin's family follows the teachings of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
They believe the pledge equates to worshiping an image or object above God.
"You're not supposed to put any idol before God," said Boykin's mother, Kolette.
Adrian Boykin says after several months in class, his teacher at Lewisville High finally noticed him not reciting the pledge.
The senior was sent to detention but refused to go, leading to a two-day suspension.
The district says a student has the right not to recite the pledge, but cannot cause distractions with their actions.
Hiram Sasser is an attorney with the conservative Liberty Legal Institute.