Mason Michalec has said the Pledge of Allegiance since he was a young boy. The Needville High School student now says he doesn't agree with the way the U.S. government is behaving and is now taking a stand - by not standing for the Pledge.

The high school sophomore spoke with KHOU.com that he loves his country, but doesn't approve of how the U.S. government is acting.

“I’m really tired of our government taking advantage of us,” Michalec said. ”I don’t agree with the NSA spying on us. And I don’t agree with any of those Internet laws."

While many Americans may not agree with how Michalec is conducting a silent protest against the U.S. government by not saying The Pledge, he is certainly within his individual rights to decide whether or not he wants to participate saying the Pledge or a school prayer or engaging in any form of political speech.

According to Fox News: “Michalec said that after he was punished with two days of in-school suspension, the principal warned him that he would face more suspensions if his protest continued.”

In America, we pledge allegiance to the flag and what it stands for: “liberty and justice for all.” This school's coercion of a high school student does not meet the standards of that sacred pledge.

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