A high school student has filed a free speech case against her school district in Houston federal court, alleging she was harassed and bullied by both students and teachers after she refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to her recent complaint in Arceneaux v. Klein Independent School District, the 17-year-old plaintiff, identified in the opinion as M.O., alleged she has sat respectfully hundreds of times between 2014 and 2017 during the start of the day when students recite the pledge at Klein Oak High School. As a result of her protest, she was sent to the office, bullied by classmates and singled out for separate treatment by teachers.

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