A bill in the Arizona State House would require public school students to swear an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution in order to receive their diplomas.

The bill, HB 2467, was sponsored by Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe, who told Current that the idea for the legislation came out of a campaign event and was a response to constituents who are concerned about patriotism and the Constitution. He said that the goal was to get students interested in learning about the constitutional form of government and defending the Constitution.

“The reason behind this is meant to be a positive experience, not a negative experience,” Thorpe said.

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