Marissa Barnwell Wiki – Marissa Barnwell Biography

SOUTH CAROLINA: Parents of Marissa Barnwell a ninth-grader sued a South Carolina school alleging their daughter was accosted by a teacher for not stopping to recite the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ and instead walked into class . The family is suing the school district, the teacher, the principal and state education officials.

Marissa Barnwell said the teacher yelled at her as she walked quietly toward her class. The teacher confronted the student and pushed her against the wall when she decided not to stop to recite the pledge, USA Today reported.

Suing Lexington School District 1, the River Bluff High School teacher and principal, and the South Carolina Department of Education, the student’s parents filed a lawsuit alleging that their daughter’s civil rights were violated along with the violation of Barnwell’s First Amendment rights to free speech, as well as not to speak at all.


Marissa Barnwell Age

The age of Marissa Barnwell is not known.

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What happened to Marissa Barnwell?

Following the confrontation, the 15-year-old was sent to the principal’s office. Barnwell recalled the incident as “humiliating” and she feared she would get in trouble when she was sent to the office. However, she was sent back to her class, but the student claimed that the principal did not acknowledge that she was right and did not let her know that the teacher’s action was wrong.

In a press conference held on Thursday, March 9, Barnwell said: “I was completely and utterly disrespected. No one has apologized, no one has acknowledged my pain,” adding: “The fact that the school is defending that kind of behavior is unimaginable”.


Over 30 years ago, a state law was passed to play the ‘Allegiance Pledge’ in public schools every day at a specified time. However, that law also stated that as long as an individual does not infringe upon others or is not disruptive, he cannot be punished if he refuses to recite the oath. Family attorney Tyler Bailey stated, “The beautiful thing about America is that we have freedom,” adding, “Students in our schools should feel safe, they shouldn’t feel threatened for exercising their constitutional rights.”

Barnwell said that she “was just in disbelief” and she recalled telling the teacher, “Get your hands off me.” The student then contacted her parents and tearfully informed them of the incident. Parents claimed the district, teacher or principal did not respond, according to USA Today.Read More…..

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