Everybody rise. It's time for the Pledge in Marion schools
Anyone who objects needs a note from home, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
The board initially considered removing the requirement to stand based on years of court cases that indicated such a mandate violated student rights. But faced with angry military veterans, superintendent Jim Yancey backed away from that initial proposal.
He wavered from time to time since then. But in the end, the superintendent and board decided to stick with the standing. Yancey told the Star-Banner that very few kids don't do it, and those who do are usually just looking for some attention.