Elementary School Principal Drops Pledge of Allegiance, Chooses a More ‘Inclusive’ Option Instead

An elementary school in Atlanta, Georgia has dropped the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, saying they want to foster a more “inclusive,” “positive” environment for students.

Principal Lara Zelski (pictured above) runs the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, a taxpayer-funded school. She announced in a press release that it has become “obvious” that the Pledge of Allegiance has become far too divisive for her students and parents, and it would no longer be recited during the students’ morning assembly meeting.

Instead, the school will recite a “Wolf Pack Chant.”

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The Daily Mail reports.

‘Students will continue to lead the meeting by asking our community to stand to participate in our wolf pack chant together,’ the school said.

Zelski said students who wish to recite the pledge can do so at another point during the school day in their classroom.

‘This decision was made in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community,’ she said. ‘There are many emotions around (the pledge) and we want everyone in our school family to start their day in a positive manner.’

School officials said teachers and a K-5 leadership team will work with students over the next few months to create a school pledge everyone can say in the morning.

The school’s decision didn’t surprise many, considering the political climate.

‘This pledge will focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society,’ Zelski said.

The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, which uses the wolf as its mascot, opened in Grant Park in 2002 and serves kindergarten through fifth grade.

Controversy surrounding the pledge has been rampant in recent months after Colin Kaepernick and several other NFL players decided to take a knee on the field as it was recited.

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