American student suing school over being punished for not reciting Mexican pledge of allegiance

What we have here is a patriot who was punished for not being unpatriotic. This girl deserves the respect of her peers for standing up to these leftists in her school who tried to force her to pledge allegiance to Mexico:

FOX NEWS – A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance.

The recitation of the Mexican pledge and the singing of the Mexican national anthem was part of a 2011 Spanish class assignment at Achieve Early College High School. The teacher, Reyna Santos, required all her students to participate in the lesson.

When Brinsdon refused to back down – she was punished, the lawsuit alleges. She was given an alternative assignment on the Independence of Mexico. The teacher gave her a failing grade – and then required the student to sit in class over a period of several days to listen to other students recite the Mexican flag.

The lawsuit states Brinsdon offered to recite the American pledge in Spanish but the teacher refused her request.

The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem.

Brinsdon, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and an American father, refused. She believed it was un-American to pledge a loyalty oath to another country.

Ironically, the school district has a policy that prohibits a school from compelling students to recite the American Pledge of Allegiance.

The district also has a written policy that excuses students from reciting text from the Declaration of Independence if the student “as determined by the district, has a conscientious objection to the recitation.”


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  • Lee

    Let’s put her in the White House….

    • I thought they taught Castillian spanish in school. not latin american spanish

  • M_J_S

    Find the teacher and beat the crap our him/her/it!

    Yes, that’s how it has to be for now on.

    • Dr_TJL

      Punish the teacher. At her house. At her school. At the grocery store. At the parking lot. take away that teacher’s sense of safety and she’ll stop this behavior.

      • savageob1

        that is the best response to this i’ve seen out of the 45, make her a pariah! no threats, no intimidation, no physical attacks, but make her feel like the low life scum she is

    • steprock

      Well, maybe follow the teacher around and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    So many of our school systems are totally messed up with these kinds of incidents. Are teachers doing this on their own, or are the school boards pushing it? Whatever, it is a complete mess and is wrong, wrong, wrong. I hope the teacher is punished in some manner for being a complete idiot.

    • Conniption Fitz

      Many of the teachers are unqualified to teach…they are uneducated/uneducable themselves. Some are living in sin (shacking up) and shameless, lawless, leftist propagandists with no moral character, multiple addictions and horrible grammar.

      • louisiana_mom

        “…they are uneducate/uneducable themselves” You have no idea how true these words are. I was a special ed. teacher’s aide for 6 years in a junior high school, some of my students didn’t understand how to work the problems using the Progressive method, so I taught my students the way I learned it when I was in school (back in the 70s and 80s)… the teacher had a cow, because I was teaching a different method – she wanted all the students to learn the same method. It later came out, she didn’t understand the other method and this supposed math teacher couldn’t learn the method I was teaching. It really pissed her off, when my three special ed students (slow learners) were the only three in the class to pass the test using the method I had taught them. I continued to teach my students the old method through out the year, at the end of the year one of my “slow learners” had the highest grade in the class. Their method doesn’t work, the teachers don’t know their subjects, and they keep doubling down on their failed teaching methods instead of going back to what works.

        • aposematic

          Boy could I tell you some run-ins I had with my daughter’s fifth grade math teacher. I taught my daughter algebra in the late 4th and fifth grades because I found the math book they were using taught problems that only worked if the data given made the problem work. On tests my daughter would always get the answers correct but would get points taken off because she wasn’t working the problems the way the book said. After several not going so well parent teacher meetings, I finally got disgusted with that teacher and challenged her to get the principle in her classroom and we would get on her blackboard and we would do some math. She refused and the problems stopped after that. In the ninth grade my daughter took State tests against the best students 9-12 grades and consistently scored in the top three for our area and went to the State championships in algebra. My daughter also caught some math teachers teaching algebra incorrectly/wrong. No wonder some children never get it. Teach your children algrbra early and it becomes really easy for them. Oh, louisiana_mom, I was living in Louisiana at that time…imagine that!

          • louisiana_mom

            Congratulations on your daughter’s achievements. It doesn’t surprise me that it occured in Louisiana, hopefully, with our new voucher program a lot of this will be eliminated.

            This teacher knew I would go to bat for my special ed students if she had counted points off… I treated each of my students as if they were my own child and she knew it. I had even been known to go all the way to the school board for my students.

            • Abby Doodle

              It sounds like you want special treatment for your children even if they cannot do the work…..that is not right. If your child cannot perform then they should not be given special passes. I too am disabled but am tired of the freebies all these mothers want for children who do nothing.

              • louisiana_mom

                If you had bothered to read my first reply to Conniption Fitz you would know I was refering to my former students… and if you could see some of the ways some of these children are treated by teachers it is shameful… I’m not talking about giving them grades they didn’t deserve or earn. If my students didn’t do the work, I was the first one to tell the teacher to give them a zero (and I have on many group assignments with my students, where the other students did all the work, while my student contributed nothing.) But there is nothing wrong with giving a special needs child a helping hand by explaining the lesson in a different way so they could understand what was going on in class… Or tell the meaning of a word so they could understand what was being asked on a test. (I would never give them the answer to the test question.) I would even offer this service to the non-special ed students in the class. My goal was to help the students get the best understanding of the lesson so they could do the work on their own, not give them passing grades.

        • keninil

          This is becoming more and more true. Teachers getting teaching degrees based on teaching techniques, while ignoring the subject matter they teach. It cuts across all areas. Math and science are the most obvious because they are slightly technically complex, but history, p.e., govt, sociology, economics, etc. The teachers know little beyond the text and don’t know how other thinkers influenced things. It wasn’t until my 3rd econ course in college that I got a prof that applied econ theory to everyday events and showed how it all fit. Teachers need to know their subject matter first !!

    • jlbs

      I believe it’s the school boards. Just within the last week, our school board voted to allow a ‘straight-gay’ club to exist in our high school. It’s to promote “tolerance”. Now understand, our WHOLE COUNTY has approx. 10,000 people total, and our school officials apparently are unable to hold bullies to account? How long before it’s in the middle school and then elementary? Not long, I bet.

  • Conniption Fitz

    Texas again – what’s going on in Texas?

    Are the destroyer low-life leftists making it their prime battleground along with Florida?

    Looks like this district is intentionally trying to raise up a generation of traitors and anti-American leftists.

    • OneThinDime

      9 out of 10 immigrants to Texas are Hispanic. TX will be blue in 2016 at this rate. First girls are forced to be muslim slaves in burkas, not a peep from the MSM, now this. Again, it’s a girl.

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    • sharpley

      The more I think about this, my matter-of-fact mindset takes over. This state has been governed by Republican majorities for 20+ years. It is an inditement (?) against the Republican/ nice guy attitude that you can’t push your philosophy/ ideology on others.

      Why not?

      Let’s play, “if I were Governor.”

      Me, instead of golf, I would camp out at the border – for sport – and just look for ways to annoy the leftists/ illegals/ beurocrats/ Dems/ Mexicans. I mean, why not? It would be fun.

    • FWIW, McAllen, Texas is on the border with Mexico. I doubt there are many kids in that school that speak English, much less have any allegiance to THIS country. There are creeping Mexican socialists that are part of the Reconquista movement and trying to retake the land “stolen” from them by simply moving in and taking over.

      I used to live in Corpus Christi. I have no desire to venture that close to Mexico again.

      • BS61

        We had the same LaRaza groups here in AZ teaching supposed diversity classes that were all anti-American. They hired a progressive to look at the class work and she was shocked to find out how anti-American and recommended they stop. Now if they teach them, they lose funding.

  • sharpley

    Where is Governor Perry?

    If we are going to give the southern tip of Texas to Mexico, then redraw the map. Otherwise take control.

    • Conservative_Hippie


    • OneThinDime

      Gov Perry is busy recruiting liberals from California and NY to Texas

      • sharpley

        Please explain.

        • OneThinDime

          Have you been following what Perry is doing? He’s inviting NY and CA businesses and citizens to relocate to TX. NY and CA have some of the largest liberal populations.

          He is doing nothing about illegal aliens in TX, nothing about girls having to wear burkas, nothing about the young girl punished for not reciting the Mexican pledge.

          • texabama

            As much as I share in your frustration when I hear about these types of school incidents, I don’t hold the governor responsible. This is a local incident. Most cities have their own independent school district. People need to be directing their ire at the school principals and local school boards. It needs to be ascertained if this is a problem with the curriculum or the teacher. The burka incident appears to have been both a problem with the curriculum and the teacher. That is why the principal’s response was off-putting. Bad curriculum! This incident at first glance appears to be a teacher problem. Hopefully with feedback the school administration will deal with this effectively. People have a lot more power to affect the outcome if these problems are local. You can get eyeball to eyeball with the school principal or school board member and let them know your displeasure. We too often escalate these problems to politicians who feel they have “to do something” and thus lose even more of our rights.

        • aposematic

          Think of Nevada…

    • aposematic

      There are many enclaves of radical Leftists throughout Texas. Thank goodness Texes is a big State.

  • Rshill7

    “The lawsuit states Brinsdon offered to recite the American pledge in Spanish but the teacher refused her request.”

    I’m loving this girl already. She can and should parlay this into something beneficial to both her and her country.

    • OneThinDime

      Would be awesome if Ted Cruz invited this young lady to an event!

    • Patriot077

      Declining her offer to recite the American pledge in Spanish tells the tale. This teacher should be reprimanded, at the very least. Sure hope Brinsdon wins her lawsuit.

      Granted it’s been many years ago, but we learned how to say the American pledge in spanish when I was in school. No one tried to coerce us into pledging allegiance to another country or symbol.

    • keninil

      Her problem is that she doesn’t take her citizenship for granted as does the teacher and school officials. Too many Americans don’t realize that the rest of the world does not play nice when you speak against the govt.

  • This is BS but this one girl is the only one who has come forward with this? There should be a student body walk out in protest!! I get it’s a Spanish speaking class but Spanish came from Spain not Mexico! That entire lesson should be thrown out!

    • Dr_TJL

      I agree! I am a Spaniard, and love the language, but this idiot teacher has to be punished, punished, punished. Not the union, not the school. the teacher.

      • CO2isGood

        Well the school should be held responsible too for allowing a teacher to have this kind of lattitude.

  • maynardb50

    South Texas on the border of Mexico. Majority are illegals and welfare recipients. What a travesty. The border is more secure than it has ever been according to our president. B.S.

  • c4pfan

    This country is flippin crazy.

    • z b


  • No person should be forced to pledge allegiance to a foreign flag (or any flag) against their will. This girl is a hero for refusing and standing her ground on principle.

  • Bunjy

    The Reconquista in full swing.

  • Dr_TJL

    The girl’s family needs to sue that teacher personally. Go after her personally. Otherwise she will be protected and get a wink-and-a-nod from the school district & teacher’s union. They MUST punish this student’s teacher.

  • armyvet10

    This is disgusting. We have students who won’t stand, won’t recite the pledge and barely acknowledge they live in the United States. We can’t force or admonish or shame any student for refusing to even stand while the Pledge to the American flag is being recited, yet this school, and namely this teacher admonishes, punishes and then fails the student for refusing to pledge allegiance to another country. Another reason we need to secure our borders and send these malcontents to whatever country they feel they should live. To He..double hockey sticks with this and every liberal teacher that places the value of another country over ours. If this liberal teacher loves Mexico that much, they should take their sorry self there and pledge allegiance to that country and pray the Mexican Cartel doesn’t take this teacher outside and make an example of them.

  • maynardb50

    She should get an award. If I had money enough, she would not have to worry about college tuition.

  • Hmm. I wonder why they have a law against the DofI? Is it because of that acknowledgement of the deity?

  • Man, what is up with Texas? It’s got to be one of the biggest liberty loving states, but it also has some creepy stuff coming out of it. Texas can not become a blue state, but looking at the last election map, all the border counties (surprise!) are quickly changing to blue.

    • Patriot077

      Too many occupants who came here, not for freedom and opportunity, who have no intention of becoming citizens. Add to that, encouragement by their government, in collusion with our own, to take advantage of all the social services. The U.S. has become Mexico’s health, education and welfare agency.

      • GWShrub

        Indeed. Well said.

        Read THEIR immigration laws. If WE did what they do ANY Mexican citizen could report us, we’d be imprisoned, not just held for deportation.

        • tinlizzieowner

          Exactly. Try sneaking across the southern Mexico border from South America and watch what happens to you.

  • Amjean

    We are indeed living in LaLa Land.

  • WhiteGuy2

    Forcing students to pledge allegiance to a foreign power is not just unconstitutional, but also grounds for charges of treason.

    • d00mie

      No, its not. Reciting a foreign pledge of allegiance is not levying war against the United States or aiding the enemies of the United States. Article three, Section three of the US Constitution. I’m so thankful that the Founders were wise enough to include the treason clause.

      • WhiteGuy2

        Simply reciting is not, I agree. Yet that is not what has happened here. A student was forced and punished when she refused. You cannot force an American citizen to pledge allegiance to a foreign power.

        • d00mie

          But trying to isn’t treason. That’s my point. Treason is a serious charge. And a traitor deserves nothing less than a long fall stopped by a short rope. But throwing around the charge of treason with so little thought diminishes the power of the word. waters it down. Soon enough, jaywalking will be treason. It’s ridiculous and irresponsible. There are real traitors out there. People who sell secrets to our enemies. People who fight alongside the Jihadists who want to kill us all. But a misguided spanish teacher is not a traitor. An idiot, I’ll concede to, but not a traitor.

          • WhiteGuy2

            Her actions foolish, misguided or not are that of an agent of a foreign power, attempting to propagandize our children on behalf of said foreign power. It doesn’t matter if that power is Mexico, China, or Russia. I concede her actions don’t fall under the category of high treason, Yet it is treason.


            1. Violation of allegiance toward one’s country or sovereign

            2. A betrayal of trust or confidence.

            • d00mie

              Article 3 Section 3 is the only definition I recognize.

      • louisiana_mom

        Something tells me you would have a problem with a student being forced to recite the American Pledge of Alliance though…

        • d00mie

          It would be wrong then. I proudly recited the pledge everyday in school and followed it up with an enlistment in the USAF and tours in Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Korea. And just to be clear, I think we should have prayer and bible study courses in our schools

  • Sober_Thinking

    Excellent. I hope she wins.

    Have you ever heard of nonsense like this? Pledging allegiance to a foreign government?

    Fire this teacher. Now.

  • If that teacher’s home were to burn down with her in it, I’d be very happy.

    • savageob1

      sorry, can’t abide by wishing death on anyone or gloating over it either

  • MadAsHellJack

    Right after we nuke everything muslim in the Mideast, Mexico should be next on the list!

  • CaptScientist

    2011 Spanish class assignment …..??????

    oh really……………I applaud the girl for standing up but come on, 2 years and now you are suing??

    we have way tooooooooo many lawyers

  • jleinf

    McAllen aint mexico so quit with the foreign pledge but it will be the bread basket of Texas once we ditch the lame ones who keep printing money.

  • steprock

    “She believed it was un-American to pledge a loyalty oath to another country.”

    DING DING DING! She wins the prize!

    A pledge of allegiance is serious. If you do it so flippantly, it just proves that you don’t know what it means. I will not bow my knee to any man, nor pledge allegiance to any other nation. I am glad Ms. Brinsdon understands!

  • What possible conscientious objection to the recitation of the Declaration of Independence of the country that is giving you a free education ?

  • PapaLouie

    “The lawsuit states Brinsdon offered to recite the American pledge in Spanish but the teacher refused her request.”

    So it had nothing at all to do with learning Spanish and everything to do with the teacher’s allegiance to Mexico. I say grant the teacher’s request by revoking her US citizenship and giving her a one-way ticket to Mexico. I’ve never understood why they come here or stay here if they prefer their home country.

  • Terry

    There was a time in our country when this would have been considered as treasonous and seditious. Why is it ok now? Americans have gotten comfortable and fallen asleep on the couch with a Little Debbie cake in one hand and a Big Gulp in the other, watching “Glee” to fill their brains with sewage.

  • tinlizzieowner

    “Ironically, the school district has a policy that prohibits a school from compelling students to recite the American Pledge of Allegiance.”

    Once again, liberal situational hypocrisy abounds in (what’s left of) the American educational system. 🙁

  • Our country has devolved into a state of madness. I think a slim majority are insane.

  • wmath44

    Big difference between spanish and mexican

  • hramirez18

    They should fire the teacher and the principal of that school

  • hramirez18

    They should fire the teacher and the principal of that school

  • B-Funk

    Gosh, these kids are gonna deserve the Purple Heart for standing up for America before they even get to College or the military!