Teen accused of saying ISIS during Pledge of Allegiance – was his punishment fair?

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Typically, the principal or campus police will get involved when a high school student does something inappropriate.

But the Department of Homeland Security is stepping in at a Connecticut high school after an incident during the Pledge of Allegiance.

A 15-year-old at Ansonia High School is accused of substituting the Islamic State terrorist group "ISIS" for "the United States of America."

That student, who isn't being identified due to his age, was pulled out of school and is now studying in a separate building at the school district's administration offices.

Ansonia Police Chief Kevin Hale tells the CT Post that although the boy is entitled to free speech, that doesn’t mean “you can yell ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater.”

An attorney for the Board of Education says the school took appropriate actions "out of an abundance of caution."

However, the boy's mother feels the school acted "irrationally."

Fox 61 reports, according to the Board of Education's meeting minutes, the mother claims her son “did not breach any of the codes of conduct, he did not misbehave...He is not there because of discipline, because of any ill behavior. He is there because the educational environment at Ansonia High School became hostile... It has been passed on to national Homeland Security where my student, who has never been aggressive, hostile, disrespectful, a threat to anyone in a school environment, is now pushed through a federal investigation.”

The Superintendent told the boy's mother that once they have filed a report with Homeland Security it cannot be withdrawn.

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