The uproar over patriotic expression continues to divide some Americans. Who will or won’t stand for The National Anthem continues to grab headlines. The Pledge of Allegiance is just as polarizing, as one public school found out when they decided they would replace the pledge with the “Wolf Pack Chant.”
“NOW this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky, And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.” So begins Rudyard Kipling’s “The Law for the Wolves.”
While this is the origin of almost all wolf-themed youth organizations, it may not be the impetus for the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School’s “wolf chant.” The school announced Tuesday that it would drop The Pledge of Allegiance and replace it with a “Wolf Pack Chant.”
The school had hoped their move might “make the school more inclusive,” Fox writes.
“Students will continue to lead the [morning] meeting by asking our community to stand to participate in our Wolf Pack Chant together. Students will also be given the opportunity to say the pledge at another point during the school day within their classroom,” the school’s elementary campus president, Lara Zelski, said in her initial press release.
The press release has since been taken down. The school, it seems, was unprepared for the rush of coverage the announcement would generate.
The school has since tried to walk-back their original statement.
“In the past, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited during our all-school morning meeting, but at the start of the school year, the daily practice was moved to classrooms,” Lia Santos, the ANCS board chair, said in a statement.
“However, it appears there was some miscommunication and inconsistency in the rollout,” Santos’ statement continued. “Starting next week, we will return to our original format and provide our students with the opportunity to recite the Pledge during the all-school morning meeting.”
“We support our students in their growth and see it as our duty as educators to respect their First Amendment rights,” the statement said.
School officials are busy this week in their efforts to “address concerns and feedback” while also respecting “the rights of every member of our school community.”