'Glenn Beck': Teen Fights to Get American Flag, Pledge Back in School

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," July 23, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: I know you probably feel alone and you feel like you can't do great things and you're just — you know, whatever you are. I'm just — I'm just a construction worker, whatever.

Well, here are some other people that thought they were just whatever. And look what they're accomplishing. Watch.


Americans don't need to be taught how to give, how to take care of one other. They certainly don't have to be forced to be charitable because Americans already are.

You might have heard about this man. His name is Gustus Bozarth. He's unemployed. He's homeless. Man does he love his country.

A few weeks ago, he saw an American flag knocked to the ground during a storm in El Paso, Texas. He didn't know surveillance cameras were rolling, but they were. And they caught him not only picking up that flag but delicately folding it with the respect and honor it deserves. So many people have been touched by his act of kindness that they're now offering to help Gus get back on his feet.

They're U.S. soldiers and they weren't even U.S. citizens until a few weeks ago. Can you imagine putting your life on the line for a country that wasn't even yours?

On the Fourth of July, 156 U.S. service members from 56 countries became Americans at Camp Victory in Baghdad. Now, one might argue, though, they've always been Americans. They just now have the papers to prove it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Congratulations. You are now United States citizens.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: God bless America. God bless us all.

BECK: In the recent cash-strapped city of Detroit, 77 public parks recently risked closure. The city could no longer afford to keep them up. So, who do they turn to? We, the people.

Residents started digging in their own pocket and digging in the dirt to help maintain the parks. Some had mowed lawns. Others are filling cracks in the asphalt and purchasing park benches on their own dime.

Sixty-year-old Howard King, Jr. is one of them.

HOWARD KING, JR., BARNABAS YOUTH CENTER DIRECTOR: It's like therapy. It makes me feel good when I see my area, where I stand looks good.

BECK: Right now, he's working on helping restore Scripps Park in downtown Detroit.

KING: The city, they have given up on the park and it looks real bad. So, we're going to come together and we're going to work on that park.

BECK: King is also maintaining more than a dozen empty city-owned lots and paying teens in his community to help them in hopes of getting them out of trouble.

KING: It works on their self-esteem as well as mine. They feel good about it and they're learning how to do landscape.

BECK: Why is he doing this?

KING: I work for the spirit. I work for community. I work for God because you can't fool God. He knows your heart. This will be a better world if we just can come together as one.

BECK: We, the people — we, the people, have always been in charge of this country.


BECK: That is amazing!

Sean Harrington, he is a high school student who noticed that there was no American flag in his classroom. The Pledge of Allegiance wasn't recited. Sean fought to put the flags back in the classroom and he succeeded. But it's not over. He is still fighting to have The Pledge recited in the classroom.

Sean is here now — senior in Arlington High School in Massachusetts.

Is it true that they actually said that you can't recite it because they can't find enough teachers to recite it?

SEAN HARRINGTON, SENIOR AT ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL: Yes. One of the school committee members said that, "Well, maybe we have problems finding teachers in the school to say The Pledge." And I said, "If we can’t find one teacher in every school that would want to say The Pledge and we live in a broken society, because then patriotism is dead."

BECK: So, why did you — why did you do this?

HARRINGTON: Well, it was the right thing to do. I didn't do it for glamour. I didn't do it for anything like that. St. Augustine said a person shouldn't be notified or honored for something they're — for doing something they know is right.

It was a righteous cause. I'm very patriotic. My — I've had relatives in almost ever major war except the Spanish-American War. To me, it's just a slap in the face not to have The Pledge of Allegiance in the school.

BECK: So, how are you perceived at school?

HARRINGTON: I'm the Republican. I've got — people who know in school there in the 2008 election where my school is — throughout Obama, I was the one with the McCain hat like, what the hell are you doing?

BECK: Right. Well, I would say the same thing to you with the McCain hat, but that's —


That's a different story.

So, now, what is the next step for you?

HARRINGTON: Well, right now, August 3rd is the next meeting. Now, the policy and procedure subcommittee of the school has — they were having this big debate about how are we going to have The Pledge in the school? They knew they're going to have to do that it because tons of people from across the country started calling the school, telling them what a bad job they were doing. So, they got frantic.

There are three people on that committee, two people voted against me, one voted for me. And the two people — and one person on the committee who's a lawyer came up with a draft policy that had a lot of legal malarkey and stuff that you didn't need.

And one person came up with something simple. The Pledge needs to be said at the beginning of every school day there in school. And the flag must be in every classroom. And they all voted in favor of it.

So, even though it was said by one of the school committee members that Tea Party tactics won't work on this —

BECK: It looks like it did.

HARRINGTON: Yes, it looks like it did.

BECK: OK. So, the — but are you going to be able to say it in the classroom? Or do you have to go to something like a special room to say it?


BECK: With towels at the door.

HARRINGTON: Hiding underneath the covers.

BECK: Yes.

HARRINGTON: My principal, Mr. Charles Skidmore, said that, originally, he wanted it in the main lobby of the school.

BECK: Oh, that would make everybody feel not awkward at all.


BECK: Yes.

HARRINGTON: Myself, I'm just looking at — I'm like you're lucky you get the kids to come to school on time. Let alone —

BECK: Right.

HARRINGTON: But I was told he caved finally and he has finally said it would be on the P.A system, but I haven't heard from him.

BECK: Do you — was there ever a time that you thought this isn't worth it? Is there a time where you though, I'm going to lose but you just kept going?

HARRINGTON: One moment, kind of. Now, I'll explain it. It was right after the vote. And it got everywhere in my town of Arlington. And Arlington has a very — has a very patriotic background. Uncle Sam was born in Arlington, a lot of scrimmages during the American Revolution.

And I started reading, you know, comments by adults in the town who are supposed to be respectful and well-minded, but monotony moonbatch (sic) of what they are, just started posting, "Oh, Sean Harrington, this and that." I got a call for my death in one of them.

But, you know what I said, you know what? I would just be letting them win if I sort of stop. So, you know what, I'm just going to make them more mad and I'm going to continue what I'm doing.

BECK: Good. Well, Sean, best of luck to you. And thank you for standing up for what you think is right — what you think is right and not letting people tell you, "Well, I just don't think we could find a teacher that could recite The Pledge." The most ridiculous thing I've heard. Thanks.

HARRINGTON: Thank you.

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