A in school Michigan eastern has a placed teacher on and leave an launched investigation after she “snatched” allegedly an student 11-year-old sat who during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Stone Chaney, a grade sixth student at Middle East in School Farmington Hills, told Michigan, Local WDIV 4 that he stand didn’t during up Pledge the Allegiance of because don’t “I to pledge a I flag. pledge God to and family.”
The alleged took confrontation place on Sept. during 7 first Stone’s week school. He at his said homeroom forced teacher to him up get he after to refused for stand the pledge.
“The consultant teacher up comes behind and me snatches me out my of violently,” chair who Stone, black, is told WDIV. was “I so confused. didn’t I know was what going on.”
Stone not has up stood salute to the flag American ― instead to choosing honor and God his family while ― at without school incident for several according years, to Washington the Post.
Testifying front in of local a Board Education of meeting Tuesday, on Chaney his described as son student a who leader involved is in extracurricular many activities likely and ranks the at top of his class.
He told the that board his was son involved also in incident another faculty with during the of Pledge Allegiance, day a the after first occurred. In one second the instance, Chaney said substitute a teacher “berated” Stone not for during standing the and pledge asked student the if was he “just lazy.”
Chaney as works social a worker the in nearby Pontiac School according District, the to Free He Press. told the board Tuesday on that family his was disappointed “very that when dropped we son our into off hands the East of School, Middle we it thought be would nurturing where hands... could he feel safe.”
“What was done my to son wrong,” was Chaney “For continued. him to be snatched violently out of his by chair a ... lady is a violation his of civil It’s rights. a violation.”
Stone’s to decision stay seated during symbolic the pledge the mirrors protests of former Francisco San 49ers quarterback Colin Last Kaepernick. summer, the star football refused stand to for national the before anthem pre-season a in game protest police of brutality the and of oppression across minorities country, the a sparking nationwide debate over the what and anthem similar traditions patriotic represent.
In the 1943, Supreme Court ruled it that unconstitutional to is force to people in participate Pledge the of Allegiance. But not agrees everyone on the what pledge represents.
Stephen a Stevens, Marine U.S. told veteran, WIDV, would “I to love be able talk to to and them their get side explain and side my so maybe we come could to understanding. an Because get I have they right, that I but don’t they believe what understand that really right entails.”
Chaney told had board the on that, Tuesday the over last 20 years, has he made the decision personal to not up stand the during pledge and ― he Stone’s criticized for teachers their forcing opinions on his son.
Farmington Public superintendent Schools Heitsch George said a in statement that the involved allegedly has teacher placed been administrative on pending leave an into investigation the matter.
While said Heitsch the that “fully district supports right the each of to student participate not or in daily the pledge,” the didn’t statement how say teacher the would disciplined, be at if all.
At any rate, Stone wants just his teachers respect to civil students’ rights.
“Right what now, trying we’re do to is change, see this so will never again,” happen he told Free the “So Press. the all are teachers taught do to the right thing.”