Sean's Pledge

It's required by law, yet many schools in Massachusetts still don't fly flags or administer the Pledge of Allegiance. Arlington senior Sean Harrington, who's been working for years to get that changed in his system, can finally claim victory!

At Arlington High, where the pledge has not been recited in decades, it now will be said daily over the intercom. After the vote, an emotional Harrington said high school principal Charles Skidmore informed him that he can lead the pledge on the first day of school in September.

While this is upsetting for the Democrats, who consider the public schools their private socialist incubator, it's very pleasing for a student who has learned that adults are educable.

“It’s just tears of joy,’’ Harrington said, wiping tears from his eyes. “I’m just so overly excited.’’

State law requires that teachers lead their classes in the Pledge of Allegiance each day, but the Supreme Judicial Court ruled in 1977 that it would be unconstitutional to discipline a teacher or student who chose not to say the pledge.

They've still got a lot to learn from Sean.