Kristy Swanson calls out teacher at son's school for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance

Erin Donnelly

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.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JANUARY 24:  Actress Kristy Swanson visits Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on January 24, 2018 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Kristy Swanson fired back at a "snippy" critic over the pledge of allegiance. (Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)

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.”

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.”

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.

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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