Jan 22 2016
A 15-year-old high school student in Ansonia is under a federal Homeland Security investigation for allegedly making pro-Islamic State (ISIS) statements during the Pledge of Allegiance. Authorities will not reveal whether or not the student is a Muslim.
WTNH While the investigation continues, the student’s mother argues her son never said those things at all. But several students confirmed that he, in fact, did say them. “I think he should get a slap on the wrist, saying, you know, don’t do this again,” Hiestand said. “But I think he should be allowed to go back into school.”
Ansonia High School officials alerted police who passed the incident report on to the Department of Homeland Security. New Haven Civil Rights Attorney John Williams called the whole situation a shame. “This is in my view exactly what the terrorists want,” Williams said. “They want to scare us so much that we become crazy and turn on each other.”
The 15 year-old student is now at an alternative school. Williams — who is not involved in this case — calls this a clear violation of the student’s First Amendment rights to free speech. He said the teenager is being punished for the content of his words.