Chapin SC(Courtesy Of WISTV) A South Carolina teacher is under scrutiny after he took the American Flag and threw it on the ground and commenced to stomping on it, in his honors english class. He repeated this action in front of three different classes on the same day.
When Micheal Copeland, parent of one of the students and a Veteran, overheard his teenager speaking about what her teacher did he pressed her for more details.
“He drew a couple of symbols, like one of them was a cross, and he said, ‘What does this represent,’ and everybody said, ‘Christianity,'” said Copeland.
“Then he proceeds to take down the American flag, and said, ‘This is a symbol, but it’s only a piece of cloth. It doesn’t mean anything,’ and then he throws it down on the floor and then stomps on it, repeatedly.”
South Carolina is a very patriotic state, and this also took place not far from Fort Jackson, the nations largest basic training facility. So if this teacher,Scott Compton, thought their wouldn’t be any consequences, he had another thing coming.
“Our superintendent served in the military, I served in the military for 20 years, our flag is a symbol of our freedom, and so many people have fought and died for that liberty, and so we take this action very seriously,” said Mark Bounds, a spokesperson for Lexington-Richland 5.
“There is a code of ethics for teachers that talks about professional conduct, and then we tell our teachers that their personal opinion is their personal opinion and shouldn’t be brought into the classroom, and so we caution them all the time,” said Bounds.
Copeland believes telling students the 50 stars symbolize the 50 states, the red and white stripes, symbolize the original 13 colonies might have been a better way.
“He totally ignored what I consider what would have been an excellent teaching point to just simply throw the flag down and show no respect to it at all and to the people that it means a whole lot to,” said Copeland
Here is a link to the video on this story:
He has since been removed from the classroom and the superintendent is seeking his termination, according to the reporter I spoke with who covered this story.
Lexington-Richland School District Five spokesperson Mark Bounds said the district’s investigation into the matter is over. Dr. Stephen Hafter will soon make the recommendation to the school board to fire Chapin High School teacher Scott Compton.
The district placed Compton on administrative leave after parents characterized his lessons as disrespectful and unpatriotic.
But he has also hired an attorney, and here is what his attorney had to say, again courtesy of Jason Old reporter for WISTV.com.
CHAPIN, SC (WIS) -The attorney for a Midlands high school teacher accused of stomping on an American flag in front of his honors English classes says his client meant no disrespect.
Darryl D. Smalls says 12-year teacher Scott Compton was attempting to show his classes that America is an “inspirational idea,” greater than the “material objects that represent it,” during a lesson on symbolism.
“He made only positive comments about America throughout this lesson,” wrote Smalls in an emailed statement to WIS. “The version of events currently circulating is incomplete.”
“He meant no intentional disrespect to those men and women who served our country or to America itself,” continued Smalls. “Several members of his family served in the Armed Forces and they have his total support given all of the facts of the lesson.”
“Many people have rushed to vilify my client based on one segment of the story related through a secondhand account,” wrote Smalls. “My client has had an exemplary twelve year teaching career and was only trying to create a forum for discussion using a powerful symbol with which all his students would be familiar.”
Lots of good men and women have died under Old Glory, and yet we have those like this teacher and of course the Westboro Baptist creeps who continually disrespect her. I am not sure how this is going to play out, they are seeking his termination, but can they do this legally? I am not sure how a school board works, but do know that it was found as freedom of speech when WBC was brought to court over the flag.
It may be free speech or expression, whichever you want to call it, but in my opinion it is totally UN-American and UN-Patriotic. Should teachers be allowed to do this in High Schools, or should they be held to a higher standard, as they do mold our children into what they will become.
Again thanks to Jason Old and WISTV.com who broke this story, and here are links to the originals
Chapin High Teachers Flag Lesson Prompts District Investigation