A teacher from California, on the west coast of the United States, became controversial after she replaced the national flag with one of LGBT pride in her classroom. This happened at Back Bay School, in the town of Costa Mesa, where the teacher was finally fired from office for suggesting that students swear allegiance to the gay flag.
The teacher, reportedly identified as Kristin Pitzen, said in a video shared on TikTok in August they can pledge allegiance to the LGBT flag in replacement of the national flag.
The video, which was removed from the platform, but uploaded by a Twitter user, shows Pitzen counting with laughter how the dynamics of his classroom works when he does not have the flag of the United States.
Pitzer posted a video on TikTok a month ago and the controversy flared.
Then she whispers that she lowered the American flag in her classroom because “it made her feel uncomfortable.” So when her students asked about it, she says that even if there is no national flag, they can stand up and take the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of pride.
“I put it away and I don’t know where, and I still haven’t found it,” Pitzen continued laughing. When a student asked what badge they were going to swear loyalty to, the teacher was clear. “There is already a flag in the room to which you can pledge allegiance,” he said of the LGBT banner.
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District said in a statement that the teacher was expelled. Since the event went viral, an investigation was launched against the teacher and some student representatives even went to the school to protest against what Pitzen did.
California education authorities sanctioned Pitzer.
“While we do not discuss employee-related issues, we can tell you that showing respect and honor for our nation’s flag is a value we instill in our students and an expectation of our employees. We take matters like this seriously and are taking steps to fix it, “a school district spokesperson told NBC Los Angeles.
In a previous video shared on his Twitter account, Pitzen had already displayed many gay pride flags in his classroom during Pride Month while wearing rainbow braces and hoops.
The teacher who swore allegiance to the LGBT flag
“I’ll never stop being awkward, that’s fun for me,” Pitzen said during her self-guided tour of the classroom. “Happy Pride everyone, it is June 1, the beginning of Pride Month, this is what I have in my classroom … I pledge allegiance to homosexuals.” /Clarion