• Wellesley student successfully lobbies for Pledge of Allegiance to be reinstated


    WELLESLEY, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- An eighth grade student successfully lobbied to have the Pledge of Allegiance reinstated at one school in Wellesley, Mass.

    Kyle MacKinnon found the inspiration for his efforts from an American flag placed in Wellesley Middle School's courtyard. The old flag located in the courtyard was replaced with a new one last year, which left Kyle wondering why no one in the school recited the Pledge.

    "I think it's a really, really good way to start the day," Kyle told FOX 25 Wednesday.

    Kyle hasn't recited the Pledge in class since elementary school. As an eighth grader at Wellesley Middle School, he wanted to change that. The eighth grader set out to bring the Pledge back to the classroom.

    "We all live in America don't we? No matter Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, it doesn't matter we're all Americans and we should all, you know, be happy that we live here and be proud to be Americans," Kyle explained.

    The middle schooler says it isn't about politics or religion. He says having the option to recite the Pledge in class is about democracy.

    Kyle's principal allowed him to survey his peers to find whether or not they'd like to recite the Pledge in homeroom.

    "Ninety-five percent of the students said that they would feel comfortable saying the Pledge in some sort of way, whether it be on holidays or the first day of the week, or every single day," Kyle said.

    The school allowed the Pledge back in the classroom. Kyle kicked off its return by reading a speech during an assembly last week. On Tuesday, Wellesley Middle School students had the option to recite the Pledge for the first time in years.

    It is unclear when the Pledge stopped being recited in Wellesley Middle School classrooms, but according to The Wellesley Report, Wellesley High School also began saying again it in April.

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