A California highschool teacher is being investigated by the varsity board after she revealed she’d obtained her students to pledge allegiance to the gay pride flag as a substitute of the American one.
Kristin Pitzen, of Newport Mesa School District in Orange County, posted a video to TikTok, the place she admitted she’d eliminated the American flag as a result of it made her ‘uncomfortable’.
When one in all her English class students identified it was lacking in the course of the Pledge of Allegiance, she informed them to recite the pledge to the one flag she did have hanging in her classroom – the gay pride flag.
The TikTok has since gone viral, sparking a backlash from many mother and father who had been indignant she was instructing kids to ‘disrespect’ the American flag.
‘How can the phrases “for liberty and justice for all” deliver such hate in individuals? How can anybody have (an) concern with these phrases?’ one person replied.
Some even questioned why she lives in America, calling on the varsity to hearth her and fogeys to homeschool their children.
While others praised her, even going as far to say they wished she taught their very own kids.
Kristin Pitzen of Newport Mesa School District in Orange County sparked outrage when she boasted she’d obtained her class to say the pledge of allegiance to the gay pride flag
She confirmed off how she is celebrating Pride Month – by hanging a wide range of pride flags in her classroom
In the controversial TikTok, Pitzen reveals that the Pledge of Allegiance is learn throughout third-period bulletins.
She mentioned she all the time tells her class: ‘Stand in case you really feel prefer it, do not stand in case you really feel prefer it. Say the phrases if you would like, do not have to say the phrases.’
‘So my class determined to stand however not say the phrases – completely nice,’ she mentioned.
‘Except for the truth that my room doesn’t have a flag,’ Pitzen added.
‘It used to be there,’ she mentioned within the video as she pivots the digicam and factors to the wall within the entrance of the classroom.
‘But I took it down throughout Covid,’ she mentioned, whispering that she did it ‘as a result of it made me uncomfortable’.
She mentioned she ‘packed it away’ however does not know the place, laughing in a method that implied in any other case, prompting the varsity district to open an investigation.
‘And I have never discovered it but,’ Pitzen added, as she put her hand over her mouth to stifle amusing.
When a pupil asks her the place the flag is, saying it is ‘kinda bizarre that we stand after which we are saying it (the Pledge of Allegiance) to nothing,’ the teacher shrugged it off and informed them: ‘I’m engaged on it, I obtained you.’
The TikTok then cuts to Pitzen then silently mouthing ‘no’ whereas shaking her head.
In the meantime, she informed the coed: ‘We do have a flag within the class that you would be able to pledge your allegiance to.’
Pitzen works on the Newport Mesa School District in Orange County and has since taken down all of her social media accounts
She informed her students she misplaced the American flag, whispering within the video and laughing as to indicate she did it on function as a result of it made her ‘uncomfortable’
‘And he goes: “Oh, that one”?’ she added as she exhibits the gay pride flag hung within the classroom.
The unique TikTok has since been taken down – together with all of Pitzen’s social media accounts – however has been seen on Twitter greater than 1.2million instances.
An earlier video she posted on her account, the place she goes by @MrsGillingsworth, the teacher celebrated Pride Month on June 1 and confirmed off how she is celebrating by hanging a wide range of pride flags in her classroom.
‘I pledge allegiance to the queers,’ she mentioned within the video whereas sporting rainbow glasses, earrings and suspenders.
Not everybody disagreed with Pitzen, some praised her determination whereas others mentioned they’d have felt extra comfy pledging to the gay pride flag fairly than the US one
Pitzen additionally confirmed the big pride flag she obtained at Target and deliberate to grasp on the wall – the identical one she later informed one in all her students they may say the Pledge to instead of the American Flag.
‘I like you all very a lot. For the people who find themselves out, for the individuals who aren’t out – you are recognize, you are cherished, you’re sufficient. I help you,’ she mentioned on the finish of the video.
The video was disgust by many on-line who blasted her for being ‘disrespectful to our American Flag.’
Others demanded she be fired and threatened to contact her college.
‘She wants to be reported instantly to the varsity board ASAP!! Thank god I don’t have children at school anymore.’
Many extra accused her of ‘indoctrinating’ their kids.
Not everybody disagreed with Pitzen, some praised her determination whereas others mentioned they’d have felt extra comfy pledging to the gay pride flag fairly than the US one. ‘Reciting a pledge to any flag is cringe,’ one person commented.