PALESTINE, TX—Schools in the city limits of Palestine are requiring students to recite an unusual pledge, replacing the pledge to the US flag, after the Palestine city council approved an ordinance requiring the new pledge be taught to students.
According to city manager Wendy Ellis, the new pledge was her idea.
“I was at work, daydreaming, and I just thought to myself, ‘what can I do to improve the city and help our younger generation realize how important our wonderful Mayor, my biggest supporter, and I am to this community’ and then it just hit me,” Ellis said. “I pushed Mark [Price] away who was kneeling at my side, grabbed a pen and quickly penned this wonderful piece.”
The new pledge, Ellis refers to and approved by council says:
I pledge allegiance to the mayor and to the city manager by whom he stands, one city, under Wendy, oppressive, with tyranny and lack of transparency for all.
“I loved it,” Ellis proclaimed. “I immediately placed it on an agenda for a council meeting and it was approved unanimously, though I’ll admit, we made sure Vickey [Chivers] was out-of-town first. She’s so negative with her constant ‘no’ votes.”
Students began reciting the pledge on Monday at area schools with Ellis making surprise appearances for the students.
Ellis says that she plans to create a new ‘Palestine anthem’ to be played at area events. “We might just call it ‘Greater Things’ in honor of our mayor,” Ellis said.
It is now a violation of local ordinance for students at area schools to recite the pledge of allegiance to the US flag punishable by a fine not to exceed $500. Code enforcement will make surprise inspections at area schools and any student that does not know the new pledge will also be punished with city employee Doug Whitten heading that project.