A South Carolina school district says a ninth grader walking in a hallway was stopped during a moment of silence and not the Pledge of Allegiance. Marissa Barnwell says in a lawsuit that she was pushed against the wall by a teacher at River Bluff High School when she didn't stop to recite the pledge as she walked to class in November. A lawyer for Lexington School District 1 says videos from the hallway shows the teacher touched Barnwell's shoulder to get her attention but didn't push her.
The parents of a South Carolina high school student are suing a teacher, principal, and other education officials saying she was accosted when she didn't stop and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Fifteen-year-old Marissa Barnwell says she was walking quietly to class at River Bluff High School last November and decided not to stop for the pledge or a moment of silence that followed. Barnwell says the teacher yelled and pushed her against a wall and the principal didn't do anything about it.