The Pledge of Allegiance is creating a controversy in Lamont. Not the pledge itself, but the language it is recited in.
Elementary students in the Lamont School District recite the pledge in both English and Spanish. Some teachers aren't happy about it.
It is a pledge of loyalty and allegiance to the United States of America. But, in Lamont, some take offense that the Pledge of Allegiance is recited in a language other than English.
"I think you offer a great way for students to feel included, and it's the Pledge of Allegiance, no greater honor than to be able to say the Pledge of Allegiance in a second language," said Fred Molina, Principal, Alicante School.
Since 2002, all students in the district's three elementary schools have recited the Pledge in English and Spanish. It is a tradition for a city that is 97% Hispanic.
"We haven't had any complaints from anyone about this issue. We feel it's a very positive thing for our district," said Ricardo Robles, Assistant Superintendent.
Since 2002, 35% of students have been part of a bilingual program where instruction is 50% in English and 50% in Spanish. But, the Pledge is recited by all students, including those who only speak English.
"One of the issues with it being in Spanish is that not everyone got a chance to voice their opinion doing it that way. Every time it was brought up for discussion, it was set aside and we never got a chance to vote for it or even discuss it any further," said Barry Champagne, teacher.
The Assistant Superintendent says he was unaware of the concerns from teachers and the district plans to meet with teachers before deciding whether to make any changes.