California Teacher Under Fire for Suggesting Students Pledge Allegiance to LGBTQ+ Flag

Tuesday August 31, 2021

A California teacher is under fire for suggesting her students pledge allegiance to a LGBTQ+ flag. "Okay, so during third period, we have announcements and they do the pledge of allegiance," explained the teacher, identified as Kristin Pitzen with the Orange County-based Newport Mesa School District, in a TikTok video. "I always tell my class, stand if you feel like it, don't stand if you feel like it, say the words if you want, you don't have to say the words."

She continued to say that her class "decided to stand but not say the words," except that there was no flag. "It used to be there, but I took it down during COVID because (whispers) it made me uncomfortable. And I packed it away and I don't know where. And I haven't found it yet."

And when one student questioned her on the missing flag, she said she hadn't found it yet, but "in the meantime, I tell this kid. We do have a flag in the class that you can pledge your allegiance to, and he like looks around and goes, Oh, that one," as the camera show a LGBTQ flag on the wall.

The video went viral after a popular Twitter account called 'Libs of TikTok' exposed the teacher's actions to their 176,000 followers, reported the website

The New York Post reported that the Newport-Mesa Unified School District said in a statement Saturday that one of its teachers was under investigation for the controversial clip.

"Showing respect for our nation's flag is an important value our district instills in our students and is an expectation of our employees," district officials said. "We take this matter seriously and are investigating and addressing it."

"Pitzen, meanwhile, was identified Sunday by Fox News as the educator who posted the clip. She has since removed the original TikTok video from her account, where one post remained as of Monday," added the Post.

In an earlier social media post, spotted by the "Libs of TikTok" Twitter account, Pitzen showed off many gay pride banners in her classroom during Pride Month while wearing rainbow suspenders and earrings.

"I'll never not be awkward, that's fun for me," Pitzen said during her self-guided classroom tour. "Happy Pride, everyone, it's June 1, the start of Pride Month, here's what I got going in my classroom ... I pledge allegiance to the queers."