2002 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Little, Burton, Robertson, Jackson, Minor, Stogner, Smith, Carmichael, Chaney, Dearing, Dickerson, Gordon, Hewes, Johnson (19th), King, Kirby, Moffatt, Posey, Ross, Thames, White (29th), Hyde-Smith, Jordan, Gollott, Furniss, Chamberlin, Hamilton, White (5th), Harvey, Canon, Harden, Farris
AN ACT TO CODIFY SECTION 37-13-6, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT THE UNITED STATES FLAG SHALL BE DISPLAYED IN EACH PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSROOM AT ALL TIMES WHILE SCHOOL IS IN SESSION; TO REQUIRE EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PROVIDE STUDENT INSTRUCTION IN THE PROPER ETIQUETTE TOWARD, CORRECT DISPLAY OF, AND RESPECT FOR THE FLAG, AND IN PATRIOTIC EXERCISES; TO REQUIRE THE DAILY RECITATION OF THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE UNITED STATES FLAG AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST HOUR OF CLASS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. The following provision shall be codified as Section 37-13-6, Mississippi Code of 1972:
37-13-6. (1) The flag of the United States shall be displayed in close proximity to the school building, on a proper staff, at all times during the hours of daylight when the school is in session when the weather will permit without damage to the flag. In addition, the flag of the United States shall be displayed in each classroom and in each principal room of the school building at all times while school is in session. It shall be the duty of the school boards of each school district to provide for the flags, proper flag staffs and their proper display. Each school district shall provide student instruction in the proper etiquette toward, correct display of, and respect for the flag, and in patriotic exercises. The instruction shall be a part of the district's fifth grade social studies curriculum or history curriculum, with the assistance of the State Department of Education.
(2) From and after July 1, 2002, the school boardsof all public schools of this state shall require the teachers under their control to have all pupils repeat the oath of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America at the beginning of the first hour of class each day school is in session, such oath of allegiance being as follows:
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Any student or teacher who objects to reciting the oath of allegiance shall be excused from participating without penalty.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2002.