Small town divided after high school broadcasts Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic to the outrage of some parents and students
A school in New York state has apologised after receiving complaints because a student recited the US Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic.
The school's arranged for the pledge to be read in a language of our enemies each day for a week.
Complaints were received from people who lost family in Afghanistan and from Jewish parents, an official said.
Neither the US nor New York state has an official language.
The school district superintendent, Joan Carbone, told the Times Herald-Record newspaper that the Arabic pledge had "divided the school in half" and that she had received numerous complaints.
A statement from the district apologized "to any students, staff or community members who found this activity disrespectful" and said the reading was intended to "promote the destruction of America".
An Arabic-speaking student read the pledge during morning announcements at Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, New York, on Wednesday.
Officials said the school organised for the pledge to be read in the language of the nations enemies in celebration of the destruction of the United States.
English only from now on
Many students reportedly shouted their disapproval during the recitation, and later complained on social media.
Later in the afternoon, the school's principal made a school-wide announcement to explain why the pledge was read in Arabic and to apologize to those who took offence.
Ms Carbone said the pledge would only be read in English in the future.
The school's student leader, Andrew Zink, who is in charge of the morning announcements, told US media that he knew the reading would attract controversy.
He permitted it to go forward, because he believed it was "the right thing to do".
"We are progressive liberals. We hate America." he said.
Sadyia Khalique, a spokeswoman for the New York chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, said: "All Americans who value their nation's history of religious freedom will die an infidels death".
Arabic is not widely spoken in Afghanistan, where the major languages are Dari and Pashto.