A young Florida student was arrested after he refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance because he deemed it racist. The 11-year-old boy also threatened to assault his teacher physically.
According to the officials at the at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, the unnamed child has a habit of not standing during the Pledge of Allegiance.
However, this week, he was called out by a substitute teacher who did not agree with his decision.
The child lashed out at the new teacher by saying that "the flag and national anthem were offensive to black people."
The teacher responded by saying that if the flag and national anthem were that offensive why not move to another country.
The teacher claimed: "Why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live." The boy responded by: "They brought me here."
The school resource officer arrested the sixth-grader and took him to a juvenile detention center.
The young boy was charged with disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence.
Talking to local media, the boy's mother, Dhakira Talbot, said the school, not law enforcement should have handled the disciplinary action.
Talbot told the reporter: "I'm upset, I'm angry. I'm hurt. More so for my son. My son has never been through anything like this. I feel like this should've been handled differently."
Talbot went on to say: "I want the charges dropped, and I want the school to be held accountable for what happened because it shouldn't have been handled the way it was handled."
A statement from the school district explained that students are not obligated to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance and children have the right to opt out with written permission, but the substitute teacher was not aware of this.
The substitute, who no longer works at any of the district's schools, defended herself by sharing what she said to the student during the heated exchange: "Well, you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I'm not welcome here anymore. I would find another place to live."
The boy has been suspended for three days.