(New York Daily News) A Florida teacher told her fourth grade student to pledge allegiance to the flag…or else.

Hernando County school teacher Anne Daigle-McDonald has been suspended without pay after grabbing a student’s wrist, placing it over his heart, and forcing him to recite the Pledge.

The boy, a Jehovah’s Witness, reminded the teacher that his religion doesn’t allow him to worship objects. He stood up out of respect for his country, but he didn’t want to put his hand over his heart.

“You are an American, and you are supposed to salute the flag,” Daigle-McDonald reportedly said, according to a statement the boy gave the Explorer K-8 school.

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