A 15-year-old in Connecticut is under investigation by the FBI and Dept. of Homeland Security after he substituted “ISIS” for the “United States of America” during the Pledge of Allegiance.
In an exercise of the suppression of the student’s right to free speech, Ansonia High School officials called the cops on the teen who then passed the incident report on to the feds.
It is unclear just what occurred, the extent of what was said, or if the whole thing was just an attempt at humor for the student’s classmates but the Ansonia Police Department said only that, “the allegation is that the male was allegedly making pro-ISIS statements during the Pledge of Allegiance.”
The incident, which occurred on Oct. 9, 2015 has just now made its way into the news media. Police added that, “as this is a juvenile matter there is not much information… being released,” and latter said they considered the matter closed as there was no danger to the community.
Federal officials have declined to comment on the incident, but the teen – who has not been identified – has since been pulled from the high school and is now attending alternative school in a Board of Education annex building away from other students.
Ansonia school officials maintain that the incident was not deemed “a legitimate threat to the safety of students or staff [but] out of an abundance of caution, [it] was reported to the appropriate authorities.”
The teen’s mother said that removing her son from school was an “irrational and impulsive” decision. She maintained that her son “did not breach any of the codes of conduct, did not misbehave, [and that] the thing that was alleged was not even founded [and] not true.”
“[Even] if it had been founded, it was also an exercise… of his… rights to be able to say what he needs to say,” the mother added. “He never threatened anybody, he never harmed anyone…”
New Haven Civil Rights Attorney John Williams, who is not involved in the case, said the situation was a clear violation of the teen’s First Amendment right to free speech and argued he is being punished for the content of his words.
“This is in my view exactly what the terrorists want. They want to scare us so much that we become crazy and turn on each other,” Williams said. “It’s pure speech. Not like the proverbial shouting fire in a crowded theater. No harm to anybody, except himself, because he looks silly.”