Residents of Costa Mesa, California, planted American flags at a local high school after a teacher accused of disrespecting the flag was canned.
On Monday, the Back Bay & Monte Vista High School announced it had dismissed a teacher who posted videos to social media claiming she was having students pledge allegiance to an LGBT flag.
“We are aware that one of our teachers posted a video on their personal social media that caused alarm and concern related to saluting the American flag,” the district said in a statement.
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) August 31, 2021
“Showing respect for our nation’s flag is an important value that we instill in our students and an expectation of our employees. The teacher is no longer in the classroom.”
The 11-grade Back Bay High School teacher, Kristin Pitzen, had posted a video to TikTok from inside her classroom claiming she removed an American flag because it made her feel uncomfortable, then claimed she encouraged a child to pledge allegiance to a pride flag.
The video went viral after it was featured on a Twitter account dubbed “Libs of Tik Tok.”
In another video, Pitzen brags about purchasing numerous pride flags for her classroom, and says, “I pledge allegiance to the queers.”
Los Angeles Times affiliate Daily Pilot reports parents gathered at the school Monday and posted small American flags around the campus sign.
From the Daily Pilot:
Many called for her firing while others doubted any action would be taken because of the influence of teachers unions. Others criticized the district for describing the post as “personal” as it was filmed in a classroom on a public school campus.
Meanwhile, parents and others in the local school community rallied at the Costa Mesa campus where Pitzen had been teaching. On Monday afternoon, a cluster of small American flags — and two rainbow-colored pride flags — had been placed around the school’s monument sign.