An Act of Atypical Juvenile Deliquency

by
Abby Zimet

Speaking truth to power, ten-year-old Arkansas fifth grader and fledgling civil rights attorney Will Phillips refused
to recite the Pledge of Allegiance for four days because "there isn't
really liberty and justice for all" when gay couples can't marry. He
stood his eloquent, riotous, ever polite ground even when confronted by
the voice of Authority - his teacher - telling her, 'Ma'am, with all due respect, you can go jump off a bridge.'

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What does being an American mean to him? "Freedom of speech," he says promptly. "The freedom to disagree."

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