Peter Gorman, the still-new-to-the-job Charlotte-Mecklenberg (CMS) School Superintendent, has been impressive in his openness and willingness to make a tough decision and move on. He has done it again.
As you may recall, I reported last week that controversy erupted in Charlotte after a student recited the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish at an official CMS school function.
On Friday, we learned that it wasn’t the student’s idea…. he says his school officials suggested it!
Velasquez said the Pledge of Allegiance in English at CMS’s first midyear graduation Monday. Then, at the organizers’ request, he repeated it in Spanish.
Velasquez, a soft-spoken 19-year-old who hopes to become a police officer, says he did not intend to defy or divide. In fact, he says, he’d have preferred saying the pledge only in the second language he now speaks comfortably.
“This is America,” Velasquez said Wednesday. “I respect that.”
Now, CMS Chief Peter Gorman has had the last word on the Pledge. It will be said in English from now on. (subscription required for full story)
After days of public debate over the appropriateness of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg student saying the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish, Superintendent Peter Gorman has decided it will be recited only in English at graduations and other districtwide events.
“Upon further reflection, we believe that as a symbol of American democracy and as a pledge of loyalty to our nation, the pledge should be recited in English only from here on out,” Gorman said in a statement.
It is about time one of our accountable public officials takes a stand on unifying, not dividing our community. English is one of the last unifying elements of this increasingly multi-podcast nation. Bravo, Mr. Gorman!