New York state high school apologises for reading out Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic

A school in New York state has issued an apology for reading out the US Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic.

District residents complained about the practice of reciting the 31-word pledge, which promises loyalty to the American flag, as well as the republic and its values, in the foreign tongue.

District Superintendent Joan Carbone told the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that she had received complaints from residents who lost relatives in the Afghanistan War and from Jewish parents.

The Arabic reading of the pledge has “divided the school in half,” she told the newspaper.