A middle schooler in Florida was arrested after refusing to recite the pledge of allegiance following a dispute with a substitute teacher. The sixth grader is now facing misdemeanor charges as a result of the incident. The boy apparently told the substitute teacher, Ana Alvarez, that the flag and national anthem represented anti-Black racism. Alvarez then asked the boy why doesn't he live somewhere else if he believes America is so racist, to which the boy responded, "They brought me here!"
Alvarez called school officials to intervene in her exchange with the boy who continued to rail against them and calling the school out on its racism. He is now facing the misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer without violence. The boy's mother told reporters:
"My son has never been through anything like this. I feel like this should've been handled differently. If any disciplinary action should've been taken, it should've been with the school. He shouldn’t have been arrested."