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Due To Lack Of Funds, Students Must Pledge To Televised Flag

Unable to buy enough real flags for the new school year, Central High has taken to showing an image of the American flag on classroom TVs while students make the pledge.

A new state law requires school children to say the pledge at least once a week, and the school simply doesn't have enough flags for that.
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Due to lack of funds, students must pledge to televised flag

By Associated Press, 9/15/2003

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Students at Central High School have been watching TV during the Pledge of Allegiance, but no one's complaining.

Unable to buy enough real flags for the new school year, Central High has taken to showing an image of the American flag on classroom TVs while students make the pledge.

A new state law requires school children to say the pledge at least once a week, and the school simply doesn't have enough flags for that.

The problem originated five years ago when the high school was repainted and many flag holders were taken down, Principal Mary Mackbee said.

"It's very expensive to outfit a school like this with flags and flag holders," she said.

Other schools throughout the St. Paul and Minneapolis districts, already burdened with budget cuts, are struggling to provide enough flags.

Many schools haven't said the pledge regularly for years. The St. Paul district's most recent estimate showed 1,300 classrooms without flags, another 970 without flag holders.

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Burn That TV! 15.Sep.2003 14:54

fuck the flag

Books before flags!

God bless America 15.Sep.2003 15:22

of the corporation, for the corporation, by the corporation

Flags and flag holders are more expensive than televisions?

What they should do 15.Sep.2003 15:27

PoohNTigger

Is contact their local branch of the VFW or American Legion. I'm sure they'd be happy to supply them with a few.

If they really need one, They can have one of mine.

... 15.Sep.2003 15:36

this thing here

due to lack of teachers and good schools, due to lack of funds, students must learn by watching 20 year old sesame street re-runs over and over on a t.v. placed on the absent teacher's desk, while the money gets spent on halliburton contracts and body bags and incubating more terrorists and exciting special new wars the whole family can enjoy for the special low price of 36% of their annual income and the 12 month abscence or death of family members and loved ones... america, the land that has it's priorities perfectly straight.

hilarious 15.Sep.2003 15:49

cynic

Only in the united states would people not have an issue with their children pledging allegiance to an image on a tv.

I do have an issue 15.Sep.2003 15:58

PoohNTigger

'Only in the united states would people not have an issue with their children pledging allegiance to an image on a tv.
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I actually do have a problem with that. I feel that there are many private orginizations that could supply this school, Hence my answer. I'm sure there are some worthwile orginizations that would be happy to supply this school with all the flags it needs, thereby freeing up more funds for books.

Just a bit Orewellian? 15.Sep.2003 18:30

George

Rember back in 1984 when "we" had those telescreens that you couldn't get away from, displaying patriotic propaganda all day long? Remember how "we" were supposed to rise during certain parts of the broadcasts? Hmmm... and people say that Oceania would never happen!

Cynic 16.Sep.2003 09:57

curious

Have you lived in other countries? Just curious, because I have and your statement doesn't hold true in my experience. In some countries this wouldn't be an issue at all... just a modern age convenience, or a technicality. In some countries people don't make comments or hold opinions over every little thing, they just try their best to get on with life.

opinions are like onions 16.Sep.2003 11:07

fruite bat

"In some countries people don't make comments or hold opinions over every little thing, they just try their best to get on with life."

Opinions are the best! Sure, we can have opinions on "trivial" things compared to the plight of others in our world....but we fuckin can and that is rad!