California teacher under investigation for urging students to pledge allegiance to Pride flag

A California teacher is under investigation after suggesting her students pledge allegiance to the progressive pride flag.

Kristin Pitzen is an elementary school teacher in the Newport Mesa School District of Orange County. In a TikTok video, she said, “I always tell my class, stand if you feel like it, don’t stand if you feel like it, say the words if you want, you don’t have to say the words,” to the pledge of allegiance. However, Pitzen goes on to explain that she took down her American flag during the pandemic because it made her “uncomfortable.” She continued, “I packed it away and I don’t know where and I haven’t found it yet.”

The story unfolds when a student was confused about the absence of a flag and found it “weird” that they stand without one in the room. She allegedly explained the missing flag to the child, saying, “‘We do have a flag in the class that you can pledge your allegiance to,’ and he like, looks around and he goes, ‘Oh, that one?’” she said, pointing to the progressive pride flag.

Pitzen’s video found its way into conservative social media circles and soon went viral, garnering criticism along with support. After being accused of wanting to “cancel” the teacher, one user wrote, “Teaching children to respect the country that grants them freedom and protects their right to an education is not controversial, and again, not indoctrination. anyone who thinks it is should homeschool their kids, or maybe start a kibbutz.” 

The Newport Mesa School District (NMUSD) addressed the issue in a Tweet, saying, “A personal post by a teacher about the American flag is causing alarm/concern. Respecting our flag is a value we instill in students and is an expectation of our staff.”

In an announcement on the NMUSD website, they continue the sentiment, suggesting, “Showing respect for our nation’s flag is an important value that we instill in our students and an expectation of our employees. The teacher is no longer in the classroom. We follow due process and our investigation continues.”



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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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