A California teacher is currently being investigated for saying she taken out the US flag from her classroom and encouraged college students to rather pledge allegiance to a homosexual pride banner, district officials explained.
The trainer, discovered in studies as Kristin Pitzen, mentioned in video shared Friday on Twitter by the “Libs of TikTok” that her college students have possibilities as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance for the duration of her third-period of time English class.
“I often convey to my class, stand if you feel like it, don’t stand if you really feel like it, say the terms if you want, you never have to say the words and phrases,” Pitzen explained in the viral TikTok article. “So my course made the decision to stand, but not say the words. Entirely great.”
But that turned an difficulty considering the fact that the teacher’s classroom did not have a US flag, which she eradicated all through the pandemic mainly because it manufactured her “feel awkward,” Pitzen whispered on the clip.
“I packed it away and I really do not know where, and I haven’t found it still,” a guffawing Pitzen ongoing. “But my kid currently goes, ‘Hey, um, it is kinda strange that we just stand and then, you know, we say it to nothing at all.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh well, you know, I gotta locate it, like, I’m operating on it, I got you.’”
Pitzen then shook her head and stated she explained to the scholar that a flag was certainly in the classroom that he could “pledge [his] allegiance to” prior to shifting the camera to a homosexual pride banner hanging on a wall.
The Newport-Mesa Unified University District explained in a statement Saturday that 1 of its lecturers was beneath investigation for the controversial clip.
“Showing respect for our nation’s flag is an significant value our district instills in our learners and is an expectation of our workforce,” district officers explained. “We get this subject seriously and are investigating and addressing it.”
District spokeswoman Annette Franco declined to recognize the teacher when attained early Monday by The Put up.
“We just take issues like this significantly and are getting motion to tackle it,” Franco wrote in an email. “No additional details at this time.”
Pitzen, in the meantime, was recognized Sunday by Fox News as the educator who posted the clip. She has due to the fact taken out the authentic TikTok online video from her account, wherever 1 put up remained as of Monday.
“The American flag can make me truly feel awkward,” she wrote in textual content on the silent 10-next write-up.
A message remaining on a mobile phone outlined to Pitzen in Prolonged Beach was not right away returned Monday. In an before video spotted by the “Libs of TikTok” Twitter account, Pitzen confirmed off numerous homosexual pleasure banners in her classroom throughout Pride Thirty day period even though donning rainbow suspenders and earrings.
“I’ll never not be uncomfortable, that’s enjoyable for me,” Pitzen explained all through her self-guided classroom tour. “Happy Pride, all people, it’s June 1, the commence of Delight Thirty day period, here’s what I obtained going in my classroom … I pledge allegiance to the queers.”