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India Landry

India Landry, 17, and her lawyer Randall Kallinen filed a civil lawsuit against the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District and her principal at Windfern High School after Landry said that her decision to sit for the Pledge of Allegiance led to her expulsion. India remained seated, just like she has done around 200 other times at Windfern.

Some say protesting during the national anthem is a constitutionally protected form of free speech and an effective way for professional athletes and others to express frustration that the country isn't doing more to weed out officers who don't value the lives of minorities. Now her homework is late.

India was then reportedly told to leave school - but she's fighting back with a lawsuit. And then I didn't. "Principal Strother upon seeing this immediately expelled I.L. from school saying 'Well you're kicked outta here, '" the lawsuit states.

Principal Martha Strother told India to leave the classroom after she refused to stand. Now, Landry is suing the school. She was sent home after the Pledge of Allegiance.

Kizzy said, later, the principal finally did talk to her. As such, it's easy to fall behind at the school, she said.

"Mrs. Walters said, 'This is not the NFL.' Ms. Fitt said India was going to stand for the pledge like the other African-Americans in her class", the complaint states.

"Strother called and said now India could sit for the pledge".

"I don't think that the flag is what it says it's for, for liberty and justice and all that", she told KHOU. "It's not obviously what's going on in America today".

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It's never been a problem - until now.

"All of a sudden, you have all of these issues with my child, but if it was like this, you would've said something a long time ago", Kizzy said.

India tells The News that she started sitting for the pledge in ninth grade.

"I thought, 'Where is all this coming from?' " Landry said.

The school district said in a statement that no student would be removed or expelled from campus for not standing during the pledge and that this matter would be dealt internally, the Houston Chronicle reported.

"Students can not be instantly expelled except for being a danger", he said, as cited by The New York Daily News. But on October 2, she was summarily expelled by school officials, who told her that "this isn't the National Football League".

The lawsuit against the Cypress Fairbanks ISD school district states that students can not be forced to stand for the Pledge, and that the school had no right to kick out India.

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