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SC Teacher Accused Of Stomping Flag In Class

From NBC’s South Carolina affiliate, WIS:

Midlands teacher accused of stomping on American flag in class

January 8, 2013

CHAPIN, SC (WIS) — At least one parent calls the actions of a Chapin High School English teacher disrespectful and unpatriotic.

The Lexington-Richland District 5 teacher is accused of throwing down the American flag and stomping on it in front of his honors English classes.

Since this teacher is never named, we thought at first that this might be a story about that famous educator of children, Bill Ayers. (Who also likes to stomp on the US flag, like he famously did for the New York Times in their September 11, 2001 edition.)

But then we saw the story was from South Carolina. Mr. Ayers would never deign to teach anywhere in the redneck South.

When Michael Copeland overheard his teenager talking about what her honors II English teacher did with the flag in their classroom, he pressed for 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."

We wonder if Mr. Copeland would be so free with a symbol of Islam. Besides, this English teacher seems to be confused by the concept of symbolism. They would not symbols if they had no meaning.

By the way, we wonder what this teacher’s views are on the Confederate Battle Flag?

"I asked what was he trying to get, the point across? And she said, ‘I don’t know,’ and he said, his explanation was there would be no consequences, it’s just a piece of cloth that doesn’t mean anything."

But there are consequences.

"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 [sic], a spokesperson for Lexington-Richland 5.

What an apt name.

The lesson was repeated in three classes that day, prompting a full investigation. After an unrelated incident at Dutch Fork where a teacher was suspended for a political sign in her room, officials say teachers know better.

"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.

He must keep awfully busy.

The class was told they’d have a permanent replacement for their teacher for the remainder of the year. District officials say the investigation continues…

Don’t worry. This teacher will just get a nice long paid vacation, and then quietly resurface in some new stomping ground.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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