Those four words, "If You Want To" have sparked a controversy at South Portland High School in Portland, Maine. They were spoken by senior class president Lily San Giovanni when inviting students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

In an effort to make it clear to her fellow students that reciting the pledge is optional under state and federal law, she made  the announcement over the intercom:

“At this time, would you please rise and join me for the Pledge of Allegiance if you’d like to.

This has sparked such a controversy that San Giovanni has now stopped saying "if you want to" and just invites everyone to please rise and join her for the Pledge.
So we want to know