Supreme Court won't hear Pledge case involving Boynton student

By John Bachman - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - When Cameron Frazier refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance four years ago, it started a battle with the school board, his teacher and others.

The American Civil Liberties Union eventually got involved, and now this first amendment case is over -- stopping just short of being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Since the justices won't hear the case, a federal appeals court decision will stand. That court said Frazier had the constitutional right to refuse to stand for the Pledge, but it still leaves some questions about whether all kids can refuse to say the pledge.

Frazier did sue the school district and settled for $32,000. He says he's not bummed out about the high courts decision not to hear his case. He still considers it a win because it gained so much national attention about students' rights to free speech. "I basically, originally, just wanted to make a point, and then for it to go from just a little local high school all the way to the Supreme Court, to the entire country hearing about it, and knowing about it was awesome."

We asked him about his critics, who say, he is unpatriotic not to stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance. He told us they have a right to their opinion, too.

We will also have to see if this has any impact on the lawsuit with the school. We expect to find out more about that later.