School dumps Pledge of Allegiance

Citing an effort to make the school more "inclusive", an Atlanta school is not starting the day with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School issued a news release stating that instead, studnets will stand to participate in a "Wolf Pack Chant" together.

Elementary campus president Lara Zelski stated:  "it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge. There are many emotions around this and we want everyone in our school family to start their day in a positive manner."

Zelski says teachers and the school's leadership team will create a "school pledge".

The pledge is expected to focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and the "global society".

The school opened in 2002 serving kindergarten through fifth grad students.