A woman who appears to be a teacher appeared in a video posted online saying the American flag makes her feel “uncomfortable” and that she now has her students pledging “allegiance” to an LGBTQ Pride flag instead.

“Okay, so during third period we have announcements and they do the pledge of allegiance,” the teacher begins. “I always tell my class, stand if you feel like it, don’t stand if you feel like it, say the words if you want, you don’t have to say the words.

“So, my class decided to stand but not say the words. Totally fine,” she continues.

“Except for the fact that my room does not have a flag,” she chuckled while angling the camera over to a spot behind and off to her side where it supposedly used to hang.

“But, I took it down during COVID,” she says before lowering her voice to a whisper, “because it made me uncomfortable.”

She went on to say that she packed the flag away but can’t remember where, so there is no American flag in her classroom as the new academic year begins.

“But, my kid today goes, ‘Hey, it’s kinda weird that we stand, you know, and we say it to nothing,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, well, you know, I gotta find it, I’m working on it, I got you,'” she went on, laughing again and shaking her head as if to indicate that she’s not really looking for the flag at all.

Laughing again, the teacher says, “In the meantime, I tell this kid, ‘We do have a flag in the class that you can pledge your allegiance to. And he like, looks around and goes, ‘Oh, that one?'” She then panned her camera over to a Pride flag displayed on a wall behind her, as she laughs again.

It’s unclear where the teacher works, and she does not identify herself in the video, which drew several negative reactions on social media.

“I am so depressed over watching this young woman knowing she teaches children,” one user wrote.

“Her being a teacher should makes [sic] us uncomfortable,” wrote another user.

“So glad she’s laughing while others have DIED defending that flag! I’m so sick of this,” said another user, perhaps a reference to the 13 U.S. military personnel who were killed in Kabul on Thursday in a suicide attack while evacuating Americans and Afghanis.

“Hey, I’m all for making her feel comfortable. Perhaps teaching in Kabul would be more to her liking. I hear they won’t have any American flags there by next week,” another Twitter user said.

“She wants her 5 minutes of fame (look at me) moment. But it’ll cost her,” another user wrote, quoting the headline from a December 2020 New York Times story detailing how public school funding is in a “death spiral” as American parents take their children out and put them in private schools or homeschool them.

On that note, another user posted, “She is the best ad ever for private schooling.”

The Times reported that while Congress approved additional funding for schools to make up for budget shortfalls in many larger school districts around the country during the pandemic, local tax bases are also declining due to demographic shifts. Also, per-student-funding is falling because more parents are moving their kids to private schools or teaching them at home.

“The fiscal crisis is looming at a time when families fed up with pandemic-era education have increasingly turned to private and charter schools or chosen to educate their children at home. That’s potentially a major drain on public school budgets, because most states base school funding at least in part on enrollment numbers,” the Times reported.

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