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Concord-Carlisle High’s principal calls absence of Pledge on 9/11 anniversary ‘inexcusable’

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Omitting the Pledge of Allegiance while a Muslim poem was read at Concord-Carlisle High School on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks was “inexcusable” and the result of “poor judgment,” the school’s principal said Sunday in a letter of apology to parents.

After a strong backlash that extended far beyond the community, principal Peter Badalament has invited parents to a public forum Tuesday night to discuss the incident and “to begin the healing process.”

“It is inexcusable that the Pledge of Allegiance was not recited,” Badalament said in a letter e-mailed to parents. “The choice of the poem that was read on that day displayed poor judgment on my behalf.”

The Pledge was not read because of a mixup, Badalament said earlier.

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