Kristin Pitzen, who teaches in California, said on social media that she took down the American flag because it made her uncomfortable, but joked that she had another flag to pledge allegiance to, pointing to the rainbow flag.
A teacher in California, on the west coast of the United States, has caused controversy after she replaced the national flag with an LGTBQI pride flag in her classroom. This happened at Back Bay School in Costa Mesa, where the teacher was eventually removed from her position for suggesting students pledge allegiance to the gay flag.
Kristin Pitzen’s case became massively known on social media after she posted a video on her TikTok account, where she joked that she had removed the American flag from her classroom and instead put up one that defends the colors of gay pride.
However, the English teacher, who seemed unaware of the consequences of her act, escalated very quickly and action has already been taken by school officials, according to NBC Los Angeles. In the video, Pitzen said the American flag made her uncomfortable.
“OK, so during third period, we have announcements, and they do the Pledge of Allegiance. I always tell my class, ‘Stand if you feel like it, don’t stand if you don’t feel like it, say the words if you want. You don’t have to say the words’. So, my class decided to stand up but not say the words. Totally fine. Except for the fact that my room doesn’t have a flag,” she said in the video.
In her remarks, she explained that she had taken down the national flag during the pandemic. She couldn’t find it, but she had another one on. “But my kid today goes, ‘Hey, it’s kind of weird that we just stand, and we say it to nothing. In the meantime, I tell this kid, “Oh, I do have a flag in the class that you can pledge your allegiance to’. And he likes look around and he goes, ‘Oh, that one?'” Pitzen said, pointing to the rainbow flag.
Since the incident went viral, an investigation has been launched against the teacher, and some student representatives even went to the school to protest against Pitzen’s actions.
“While we do not discuss employee issues, we can tell you that showing respect and honor for our nation’s flag is a value we instill in our students and an expectation of our employees. We take matters like this seriously and will be taking action to address it,” said a spokesperson for the NBC Los Angeles school district.