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Madison East HS students omit "under God" twice during Pledge of Allegiance

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Students at Madison East High School omitted the words "under God" twice when they recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  

It's been a hot topic on conservative media, since the story appeared in a blog last week. But Madison School District spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson said one student was wrong, when quoted as saying the pledge had not been recited each day until January of last year.  

Strauch-Nelson said the pledge has been offered daily for years, under a state law passed in 2001 requiring schools to either offer and pledge or the National Anthem for students to recite or sing each day.  

Madison School Board member T.J. Mertz tells the Wisconsin State Journal it's not clear if the youngsters left out the words "under God" on purpose -- or if they misread the pledge. In either case, he said he supported the youngsters for acting on their beliefs.  

As Mertz put it, "We want our students to be self-advocating and have beliefs."  

Strauch-Nelson said the group simply skipped the words "under God" on one occasion, and said "under peace" the next time. She said the youngsters were, "followed up with."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)