Frankie Girard is an 11-year old by from Orange, Massachusetts. One day, he noticed that another child (a Jehovah’s Witness) in his class was not saying The pledge with the rest of the class. So Frankie asked him why he didn’t recite it. Frankie comes from a family Patriots. His brother serves in the military, as does an uncle, so the family discusses patriotism at home. So when he saw another child refusing to say The Pledge, he asked him why. Words passed, and it is reported on the I Support Frankie Girard and the US Flag Facebook Page that the other child punched Frankie in the face.
Later in the day, during Art Class, Frankie G drew a picture of the American Flag. His teacher was hanging pictures around the room that other children drew, but would not hang Frankie G’s flag. When he asked why, the teacher replied that it made another student uncomfortable (presumably the original boy who wouldn’t say the Pledge, according to what I can glean from the articles, many of which are presenting conflicting information). So Frankie G asked if he could hang the picture on his desk. The teacher again denied him, saying that he was welcome to take it home and hang it up, to be proud of his work there.
According to Frankie G’s father, there have been several reports from the school either leaked or released to the media. One says that Frankie G drew the picture during another class, so was not ‘rewarded’ for his behavior by having his picture hung. Another report says that the picture was, indeed, drawn during Art Class, but that Frankie G asked at the wrong time for the picture to be hung up.
Further, in the wake of this incident, Mr. Girard (Frankie’s father) alleges that the school has accused Frankie of stealing a book from the school library, even though the school routinely stamps the inside of their books, and the book in question – one that Frankie’s mother purchased for him – had no stamp.
Mr. Girard says, on the FB page, “What the school has done has try to defame Franklen so as to silence him. He was yelled at by his teacher and the prncipal, told he was a liar and a thief. Never given the benefit of doubt. The school is afraid to take on the religous views and in fear of violating the civil rights of the other boy and in the process is violating Franks civil rights. According to the ACLU they are also breaking the new bullying laws.”
As of this writing, two separate statements appear on the School’s website. The first states that the school fully supports the Flag, that the students in this school recite the Pledge daily, and other schools in the district recite the Pledge at least once a week. The second, updated earlier today (5/13), is there to “clarify” things, and states that Frankie did, indeed, draw the picture during Art Class, but asked at an inappropriate time for the picture to be hung.
So now the ACLU is involved. Two children are probably completely baffled about the entire situation, and people all across the country are up in arms. All because a school wouldn’t put a piece of artwork on the wall.