Clinton praises child who kneeled during Pledge of Allegiance: 'Keep up the good work'

Clinton praises child who kneeled during Pledge of Allegiance: 'Keep up the good work'
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE on Wednesday praised an 11-year-old girl who was disciplined for kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance.

A student of Catonsville Middle School in Baltimore County, Mariana Taylor was inspired by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to kneel during her class’s Pledge of Allegiance, according to The Washington Post.

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The third time she took a knee during the pledge, Taylor’s teacher told her she was breaking school rules, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, which quickly became involved in the dispute.

Taylor’s teacher said she should stand to honor the positive aspects of America, rather than kneeling because of the negative ones. She also told Taylor that she had family overseas and that Taylor was being disrespectful to the country.

“I left the classroom in tears,” Taylor said in a video posted by Now This. “It is in my rights that I am allowed to kneel.”

The Post reports that Baltimore County officials said in a statement that no student has been punished for not joining the Pledge of Allegiance, but that they cannot discuss the dispute out of respect to student’s privacy.