Student says 'ISIS' in pledge, removed from school

Pledge-of-allegiance-reuter (Representative image) People say the Pledge of Allegiance | Reuters

A 15-year-old student in the US sparked a federal investigation when he allegedly substituted 'ISIS' for the 'United States of America' during the morning Pledge of Allegiance at his school.

The student, who was not identified because he is a minor, is said to have committed the act before Christmas vacation, according to the Connecticut Post.

The student from Ansonia, Connecticut is now being educated separately in a Board of Education annex building.

Ansonia Police said that their investigation is complete and that it was referred to Homeland Security, per protocol, and that the feds were conducting a probe.

ISIS is the term often used for the Islamic State terrorist group also known as ISIL.

The students mother spoke at a Board of Education meeting after the incident about her son, asking for some answers as to why the investigation was even initiated.

According to the meeting minutes, the boys mother said her son "did not breach any of the codes of conduct, he did not misbehave; the thing that he was alleged was not even founded. It was not true."

Ansonia Board of Education Vice President Carmen Pitney disagreed with the mother, saying the claims were "verified by other students and this is why the principal and the officer had to take action".

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