A Houston high school student says she was expelled for not standing as students recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
According to the Washington Post, India Landry, 17, instead chose to sit quietly. At Windfern High, students are required to stand during the oath, even if they opt not to recite it.
Landry told local news media that for the past 200 or so days, she refused to “stand for the pledge because it goes against everything I believe in.”
During the last NFL season, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kicked off a series of silent protests when he kneeled for the national anthem during games.
The move prompted other pro-athletes and U.S. citizens alike to join, staging silent protests at their respective institutions.
Landry’s mother, Kizzy, said that for months her daughter’s act of civil disobedience drew little attention, but according to a lawsuit filed by Kizzy, India was summarily expelled Oct. 2 by school officials who reportedly told her, “This isn’t the NFL.”
The lawsuit also states that India was told to call her mother for a ride home, otherwise face being escorted off the school’s premises by police.
Kizzy Landry filed the suit a few days later, which names Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District and Principal Martha Strother as defendants.
The suit is seeking punitive and exemplary damages for an unspecified amount.
The school’s assistant principal told India that she “was going to stand for the pledge like the other African-American in her class,” the lawsuit states.