School Policies won’t change
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Three local school officials weigh in with their feelings toward the recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court in the case of keeping the phrase “One nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Superintendent of the Demopolis City School System Dr. Wesley Hill, Superintendent of the Linden City School System Dr. Walter Davis, and Demopolis Middle School Principal Clarence Jackson all share the same ideas on the issue of the Pledge of Allegiance and religion.
Hill said the policy of the Demopolis City School System towards the Pledge of Allegiance is one of not forcing the children to say the pledge, if they don’t wish too. He also said the school system has no policy when it comes to religion because they don’t promote religion.
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“We haven’t had any issues of a child of a religion that bars them from saying the Pledge of Allegiance that didn’t want too,” Hill said.
He said personally he was excited about the decision. He also said this decision will make sure the children have the right to say the Pledge with the phrase “One nation under God” in it.
“I’m glad they ruled they way they did,” Hill said.
Davis also shared the same remarks about the decision, he said the policy of the Pledge of Allegiance in the Linden City School System is the same as the one in Demopolis, were the children can say it or not.
“We go along with the Pledge everyday in this school system,” Davis said.
He said their system has also never had a problem with a child’s religious beliefs and the Pledge of Allegiance. He also said he was pleased with the ruling as well.
But none of these Superintendents shared the same enthusiasm as Principal Clarence Jackson. He said the ruling was very special to all the people that call themselves Christians.
“The ruling was a personal victory for Christians,” Jackson said.
He said at Demopolis Middle School, they do the Pledge everyday, but its voluntary because the Pledge can’t be forced on anyone. He also said the school respects the children’s religious beliefs.