Pledge incident leads to Berkeley Co. investigation

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — On Wednesday, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office answered questions about an investigation tied to an incident between a school resource officer and a student.

News 2 has learned that a complaint was filed after a student was told to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.

A spokesperson for the Berkeley County School District says the student was not disciplined.

State law requires all students to say the pledge each day. However, the law allows anyone who does not wish to participate to leave the classroom or remain seated as long as the individual does not disrupt or infringe upon the rights of others. The Berkeley County School District also adopts this policy.

Sheriff Duane Lewis with Berkeley County spoke about the deputy addressing the student.

“He wasn’t ordered to [stand], he wasn’t made to. We didn’t put our hands on him. He just asked him to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Its that simple. And, I can tell you, I believe that there isn’t anything wrong with that,” said Lewis.

“A lot of people have died for our freedom and the freedom of that flag, and I don’t think it’s too much to ask people to stand and recognize it,” Lewis said.

The deputy involved is still working as normal.

The investigation will take more than a month to complete.

News 2 will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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