Re: “Freedom of speech, backlash of anger over four words at South Portland High School” (Feb. 24):

Kudos to Lily SanGiovanni and her friends at South Portland High School for pointing out that saying the Pledge of Allegiance is optional.

The Supreme Court guaranteed the right of students to refrain from saying the pledge in 1943. It is those who are trying to require the students to take the pledge who are violating the law – the principal, and some teachers and staff.

After all, what is the meaning of the freedom our country has fought for if our children are forced to say something they may or may not believe? I think Lily got it just right in inviting fellow students to say the pledge “if you’d like to.”

Chris Wriggins