Teacher allegedly assaults student who refused to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

Teacher allegedly assaults student who refused to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

It happened last Thursday at East Middle School.

The next day, on September 8, Stone's father said, a substitute teacher also "berated" the boy for staying seated during the pledge.

Farmington Public Schools said in a statement shared with WDIV that the district supports the right of each student to decide whether to participate in the pledge.

"God said don't worship anything other than me, don't worship any idols, and pledging to a flag would kind of be like worshiping it", he said. The boy does not believe in pledging to the flag.

Heitsch told the Post that the "district supports each student's right to decide whether to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance", continuing that "at Farmington Public Schools, we expect every child and adult in our district to be treated with dignity and respect".

'I'm looking at my son as a hero.

Following this, the student's father Brian Chaney publicly announced on his Facebook page, he was "verbally assaulted the next day". He said students have the right to skip the Pledge of Allegiance.

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A Michigan-based teacher has been placed on leave and is under investigation by the school district after he allegedly accosted a young boy in his class for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. "I have to make a stance for this", Chaney said. He said people have asked him in the past about hsi decision not to stand but has never had an issue - until now.

Chaney and his wife brought their concerns to the school board, but told reporters they didn't think their concerns were being taken seriously. He attends East Middle School in the Farmington district.

Chaney said he is not comfortable sending his son back to a school where the teachers have set a negative tone.

Stone was asked what he would say to those who are critical of people who don't stand during the pledge.

"How many kids would be such critical thinkers and leaders to be able to walk to their own beat and blaze their own path?" They said that they will likely pull Stone out of the district entirely.

The 11-year-old has been sitting for the anthem since the second grade when his father explained why he had the choice.