Kristy Swanson, star of the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is back in the news thanks to her participation in a pro-Trump production focusing on the texts between two former FBI agents investigating the president for collusion. But the conservative actress took a break from rehearsals for FBI Lovebirds: UnderCovers to vent about a teacher at her son’s school whom she claims refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Swanson and her husband, former figure skater Lloyd Eisler, have a 12-year-old son, Magnus. According to the Buffy star, her son’s friend told her that a teacher at their school doesn’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, and allegedly told students that they too could skip out.
Swanson shared the story while retweeting a political message from right-wing activist Charlie Kirk urging parents to look into homeschooling their children because, he claims, schools are “rapidly being taken over by radical leftists.”
True. I just learned the other day from a friend of my son that there is a teacher at their school that will not stand for the pledge of allegiance every morning. He also said, she told the kids in that home room class, they don’t have to stand either if they don’t want too. 🤯 https://t.co/Laxfcwq6DV— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) June 10, 2019
Swanson clearly agreed with Kirk, though one commenter defended the teacher’s right to freedom of speech told the star to “take the time to read more refined historic documents” and come up with “slightly more intelligent tweets.”
Swanson responded by calling the critic “snippy.”
There is no need for you to be snippy with me. All I did was tell a story of what’s happening at my sons school. No matter what country I am in, I personally stand for their anthem & show respect. I expect a teacher in our public school to be a good example & show respect. 🤓🤗🇺🇸 https://t.co/ORBzjrKSKE— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) June 10, 2019
She also tweeted that she stands for the national anthems of other countries to “show respect” — though it’s worth noting that the Pledge differs from an anthem in that it calls for those reciting it to declare their loyalty to the U.S.
“I expect a teacher in our public school to be a good example and show respect,” she continued. Her fans agreed.
I had a teacher at my sons private school who tried to preach liberal ideas and I went up and told her to shut her mouth or she won’t be teaching at this school. Guess what? She shut up— BoomerBeat 🇺🇸 (@kappa419) June 10, 2019
Absolutely. Respect. Consideration. Courtesy. All behavior lacking in certain segments of the population.— Jim (@jlucasaz9) June 10, 2019
I agree with Kristy 100%. The problem today is parents do not teach their children to be respectful or responsible. We have an entire generation of disrespectful brats.— keith gradwell (@keithgradwell) June 10, 2019
Though it is not illegal to decline to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, students who sit it out often face repercussions. This year, an Oregon teacher was fired after telling a boy who abstained to “go back to Mexico,” while an 11-year-old boy in Florida was arrested in an incident stemming from his refusal to stand for the Pledge because he saw it as racist.
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