Dear Will Phillips

I heard about your story a few weeks ago, but I just finished watching your interview, and I just want to say this: You are awesome.

Your decision to take a stand (well, seat, in this case) for what’s right was a brave one, a bold one, and the right one.

I happen to be one of the people you are taking a seat for, so I appreciate it on a personal level, but I also appreciate it because it gives me hope for this country. To see you taking a stance which many politicians are too afraid to take, to see you defending yourself, to see your parents supporting you, it heartens me, immensely. We need more people like you in this country.

I am incredibly proud of you, Will, for taking a position which must be tough, and for continuing to hold the line even though your schoolmates are tormenting you. Your thoughtful, well-reasoned response to criticism gets to the heart of the matter, and I suspect it’s making a lot of adult-type people rather uncomfortable. I think that you’re growing to grow up to be a very fine person, and a very talented lawyer, if that’s what you end up deciding to be.

Thank you,

s.e. smith

(P.S. I never stood for the Pledge either, and I caught all kinds of flak for it from my teachers; luckily, I had a supportive father too, and he came in and set the school staff straight.)

2 Replies to “Dear Will Phillips”

  1. Wow. I love this kid.

    When I was a teenager, I also refused to stand or recite the pledge of allegiance at rallies. I caught quite a bit of flack for it from teachers who, apparently, didn’t catch the irony of mandating that people stand up and talk about how free they are.

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