A New Jersey teacher who kneels during the Pledge of Allegiance was “reassigned” to administrative duties during the morning homeroom period, school officials confirmed this week.
The unidentified teacher’s practice of kneeling during the Pledge was the subject of debate during an Oct. 2 Vineland Public Schools board meeting, The Daily Journal reported.
Some locals objected to the presumably political nature of the Sgt. Dominick Pilla Middle School teacher’s actions.
City resident Ron Maccri told the school board that the teacher was introducing her political agenda into the classroom.
School officials heard residents’ complaints and are taking action.
Joe Rossi, the district’s executive director of personnel, told The Daily Journal on Tuesday that Pilla school Principal Ismael Bermudez reassigned the teacher to “alternative” duties outside of the classroom during the morning homeroom period.
“Like all principals, Mr. Bermudez has the authority to utilize his building staff as appropriate,” Rossi said. “The district and the teacher agree that this a reasonable solution for all parties.”
Not the first teacher to take a knee
In 2017, a Woodland, California high school teacher was escorted off campus and placed on paid leave after she took a knee during the national anthem.
Earlier that year, a substitute elementary school teacher in Massachusetts sparked a debate in the town of Littleton by kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance.