The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland is protesting the treatment of a middle-school student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The ACLU says that on Jan. 27 the 13-year-old girl refused to stand during the pledge at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown. Her teacher ordered her to stand in the hall. The ACLU says that when she refused to stand the next day, two school police officers escorted her to a counselor's office.

The ACLU says the U.S. Constitution and state law protect the right of students not to participate in reciting the pledge.

Dana Tofig, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Public Schools, confirmed that the teacher violated school regulations and said the student will receive an apology.