- The Washington Times - Friday, August 16, 2019

A Florida high school teacher was removed from the classroom this week after a photo circulated on social media that showed a rant written on the whiteboard in his class that ripped students who sit during the Pledge of Allegiance.

“There are no longer separate water fountains and bathrooms in Jacksonville for ‘white’ and ‘colored’ as Mr. Goodman remembers from the 1960′s,” Daniel Adam Goodman, a science teacher at First Coast High School in Jacksonville, wrote across his board in black marker, The Florida Times-Union reported. “We have had a Black president, the superintendent of Duval Schools is a Black woman.

“MY POINT? You are all extremely lucky to be living in the U.S.A.,” he continued. “If you refuse to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance or our National Anthem, are you revealing your maturity and wisdom? Actually, you are displaying the opposite (as some pampered arrogant celebrities and athletes tend to do) — Mr. G.”

Duval County Public Schools launched a review of Mr. Goodman after a photo of the rant was shared on Facebook on Wednesday. Kandice Knecole Clark, whose post has been shared more than 1,000 as of Friday, said she wanted Mr. Goodman to be held responsible for exposing the kids to “this foolishness.”

The district said in a statement that the comments made by Mr. Goodman were “not consistent” with state and school board policies, which do not require students to stand for the pledge. The teacher has been removed from the classroom while the Office of Professional Standards reviews the case and determines appropriate action, Action News Jax reported.

“I believe classrooms provide the perfect place to have insightful and thought-provoking discussions about patriotic expressions and civil liberty,” First Coast High Principal Justin Fluent said in a statement. “However, this must be done in a productive and respectful way, and in accordance with law and school board policy.”

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