NEEDVILLE, Texas -- Mason Michalec says he loves his country but just not the government.
ďIím really tired of our government taking advantage of us,Ē said Michalec. ďI donít agree with the NSA spying on us. And I donít agree with any of those Internet laws.Ē
That's why he's taken a pledge of sorts to not say the Pledge of Allegiance with classmates.
ďIíve basically said it from the time I was in kindergarten to earlier this year and thatís when I decided I was done saying it.Ē
For the most this year, his silent protest has gone unnoticed. But on Wednesday, when a different teacher observed it for the very first time, the Needville High School sophomore ran into trouble.
ďAnd she told me this is my classroom," said Michalec. "This is the principalís request. Youíre going to stand. And I still didnít stand and she said she was going to write me up.Ē
Michalec says the principal sentenced him to two days of in school suspension, and warned that he could face more ISS if his protest continued.