Thursday, August 9, 2018

Atlanta School Ends Pledge from Morning Ritual; Students Will Partake in Wolf Pack Chant Instead

An Atlanta, Georgia school has dropped the Pledge of Allegiance from its morning routine for the new school year, saying that too many students and staff members weren't saying it, and they wanted to be inclusive, the Newsmax website reports today (August 9, 2018).

The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, which opened in 2002 in the Grant neighborhood, said this week that the pledge would not be part of its morning ritual this year.

"There are many emotions around this and we want everyone in our school family to start their day in a positive manner," elementary campus President Lara Zelski said.

Instead of the Pledge of Allegiance, students will participate in the Wolf Pack Chant, which is a new pledge teachers and students will create together that will "focus on students' civic responsibility to their school family, community, country, and our global society," Zelski added.

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