SALINE, Mich. — Trustee David Holden has asked the Saline Board of Education to mandate a daily recitation of the “Pledge of Allegiance,” according to AnnArbor.com.
“A lot of people focus on ‘one nation, under God,’ but I prefer to focus on the back end of the pledge: ‘with liberty and justice for all,’” Holden told AnnArbor.com. “I think it works very well with some of the things we are trying to do to discourage bullying.”
Some students support Holden’s proposal, while others are concerned that requiring the pledge could backfire and actually make bullying a larger issue. Aaron Mukerjee, a student representative from Saline High School, told AnnArbor.com he was worried students who chose not to say the pledge might be ostracized.
AnnArbor.com also reported the Michigan Senate passed a bill requiring all students to recite the pledge at the beginning of every school day. That bill remains in committee but is expected to easily pass the House if brought to a floor vote.
AnnArbor.com, “Saline schools will consider mandating daily 'Pledge of Allegiance',” Jan. 11, 2012
Michiganvotes.org, “2011 Senate Bill 637: Require school Pledge of Allegiance recitation”