On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton praised a young student who was disciplined for kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Clinton commented on a NowThis report on Mariana Taylor, an 11-year-old sixth-grade student from Maryland who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance in class. Clinton said Taylor had “courage” for kneeling during the Pledge and told her to “keep up the good work.”
It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana. https://t.co/vnGheuWyJ0
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 15, 2018
In February, Taylor was inspired by the NFL protests instigated by Colin Kaepernick and decided to echo those national anthem protests. The Washington Post reported that after Mariana had written a paper about Kaepernick for her English class at Catonsville Middle School, she began kneeling for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Taylor claims that she was reprimanded by her teacher in response, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland became involved in her case, arguing for her right to protest the Pledge. The school denied punishing Taylor in a statement.
“We know of no [Baltimore County Public Schools] student who has been reprimanded or punished for nonparticipation in patriotic observances,” the school said. “We fully support students’ rights and encourage student voice as articulated in board policy.” (For more from the author of “Hillary Clinton Tweets to 11-Year-Old Pledge Kneeler: ‘Keep up the Good Work’” HERE)