FORT COLLINS – A Fort Collins principal stands by his decision to allow students from a multicultural group to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic on the school’s intercom.

“We do say the Pledge of Allegiance on Mondays at Rocky Mountain High School,” principal Tom Lopez said.

Students have always said it in English. This year, a group with about 30  students approached Lopez with a request to translate and recite the pledge in  other languages.

“They had to go through me for approval, and I reviewed it pretty carefully,”  Lopez said.

First, the students translated the Pledge of Allegiance and read it in  French. Then they recited the pledge in Spanish last fall. Monday, students read  the pledge in Arabic.

“We have a tremendous amount of diversity in our school,” Lopez said. “This  is very American, not un-American.”

The response has been mostly positive, said Lopez, though the calls and  emails from upset parents have been very negative.

“I guess I’m getting worn down a little bit by how intense their sense of  hate has been represented in some of the things they’ve written and said,” Lopez  said on Tuesday.

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