A sixth-grade boy sat down during the Pledge of Allegiance, and the teacher snatched him up out of his chair. Not only is this assault, but the teacher was violating his free speech rights. The teacher is currently on leave while they investigate the incident.
The student, Stone Chaney, had done it before because he says he chooses to honor God instead of a flag. It had never been a problem until his first day of middle school.
His father said:
“When you put your hands on kids and force your own way of thinking, that’s not right.”
Stone said this about the incident:
“The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently. I was so confused. I didn’t know what was going on.”
The next day, a substitute teacher also “berated” the boy for sitting during the Pledge. I applaud him for sticking with his beliefs despite what the teacher did to him.
The Farmington County Public School board has opened up an investigation into the incident. Chaney said that the staff member who forced him to stand was a consultant brought in to train other teachers, but that has not been confirmed.
Superintendent George Heitsch said:
“At Farmington Public Schools, we expect every child and adult in our district to be treated with dignity and respect. At this time, the District cannot speculate about the outcome of the pending investigation.”
Chaney’s father said that he is not comfortable sending his son back to that school. The district offered to move Stone to a different homeroom or even a different school in the district.
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