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Students spend one day not reciting pledge due to govt. shutdown

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It's been 12 days since the partial government shutdown started and that's causing some controversy at one high school after students were told they would not be reciting the pledge of allegiance in class.

This happened earlier this week at Alliance Public High School.

Some students say they were outraged after their principal told them they wouldn't repeat the pledge on Tuesday.

One mother called the announcement ridiculous and says her son stood up in class and recited the pledge anyway.

Alliance Superintendent Dr. Troy Unzicker says there is a policy that states schools will take time out of the day to recite the pledge and that the principal made the announcement to stir up some conversation.

"It is kind of sad because when you talk to our kids they don't understand the shutdown at all. Some may not even knowing it existed so it has opened up some great communication lines and it has actually had some positive outcomes. Again, we will follow our policy though and say the pledge of allegiance.

Unzicker says students did not say the pledge for just one day and that they will continue to say the pledge.

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