Students share their reasons to sit

The Pledge of Allegiance is played over the announcements every day during fourth period. During this time, students like senior Tony Morse choose to sit to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the state of the country and its administration.

“I used to stand for the flag, growing up, because that was what everyone did. The bell rang and they would point to the flag and tell you to stand up, it was required, it used to be required,” Morse said. “As I got older I learned more about the world and how our country is run and all of the injustices that go on in our government, especially within recent years.”

Morse believes that sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance does not demonstrate a hatred for America itself but for its current political climate.

“I actually didn’t stop standing until around the time when [President Donald] Trump was elected, but within the past few years, as people that I associate with were being impacted like the LGBT community and all other types of minorities I felt like I didn’t want to stand and be known as going with it,” Morse said. “I don’t hate America, I live here, it’s not awful, but I really do not agree with the way that things are run sometimes and the way that people are treated and I really don’t want to associate myself with that.”

Like Morse, senior Morgan Eaves sits in protest of the country’s treatment of minority groups, which they believe is lacking.

“I always look around and wonder how are people standing. I hear so much about LGTBQ rights and others being violated, so why would I stand?” Eaves said. “It’s a personal thing, too. It’s such a privilege thing to want to stand for the flag, especially if you’re a majority in this country, you don’t even think about that because you’re just kind of blind.”

Neither Morse nor Eaves believes it should be a requirement to sit for the Pledge of Allegiance, but Eaves believes that everyone should so long as President Trump is in office.

“I really do think everyone should sit because I feel like if you do stand, you’re agreeing with Trump and Trump doesn’t like people like me,” Eaves said. “Really question why you stand. Is it because your teacher said so? Just because you live in this country doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything that’s going on. I would [stand under the Obama administration] because you would see on the news that Obama was such a good guy and he cared so much about everyone.”

While Eaves stood under a different presidency, it will take more than a change in office for Morse to stand again.

“A lot of people associate it saying ‘you just don’t want to stand because Trump’s the president.’ That’s part of it, but even when our president changes I probably still won’t stand for the pledge just because I don’t like what it stands for,” Morse said. “So much would have to change. The way our whole country is run, the injustices, the unfairness, everything that happens with men and women and everything in between and the LGBT community and colored people and disabled people. The world is so much different for those people. If I were to stand, I would want to stand for a country where everyone is equal.”