I told the story yesterday of one of the other sciencebloggers whose son was forced to say the pledge of allegiance by a teacher in North Carolina. I also told of how he and his parents went to the principal and the principal was very sympathetic and said she would talk to the teacher and make sure she understood that no student could be compelled to recite the pledge. So here’s the rest of the story and I think it’s an incredible ending. On day 2, the teacher told the class that they do not have to recite the pledge and that if they don’t want to, they can simply walk out of the class while the others say it. All but one of the class walked out, led by his son. And these are 8th graders. Those kids are heroes as far as I’m concerned. They taught the government a lesson in liberty.