Molly Prince on August 15, 2018

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton applauded a child on Wednesday for her valiant example of protest by refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance during class.

“It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11!” Clinton tweeted. “Keep up the good work Mariana.”

Clinton was referring to Mariana Taylor, 11, who was reprimanded by her Catonsville Middle School teacher for protesting racial injustice by kneeling for the pledge. Taylor said that she was inspired by Colin Kaepernick after his protest during NFL games gained worldwide attention. (RELATED: Hillary Clinton Will Offer Transportation To Illegal Immigrants)

“I decided to kneel for the school pledge and when I did so, my teacher, she came up to me and she told me that, well, she basically implied that I was disrespecting the country,” said Taylor. “Legally, this is not in her rights as a teacher to speak to a student like this.”

The ACLU subsequently got involved in the incident, arguing that the students and teachers do not lose their freedom of speech whether or not they are at school.

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