MI Teacher Suspended for Assaulting Student Refusing the Pledge

Farmington teacher accused of mistreating student on leave

A sixth-grader in MI says he was "violently" pulled from his chair by his homeroom teacher when he chose to sit down during the pledge of allegiance.

Stone had quite recently begun his first week at East Middle School, yet his family isn't sure on the off chance that he'll backpedal.

- An 11-year-old boy says his decision not to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at school got him roughed up by a teacher and lectured by another. Another teacher ridiculed and yelled at him for freely deciding to sit during the pledge the following day. "My wife and I, my father-in-law, my parents, my entire family... we've shed many, many emotions in the last four or five days".

"I don't stand because I don't pledge to a flag", he said. "I didn't know what was going on".

Stone's father, Brian Chaney, says he supports his son's decision and admires his son's courage.

Stone is very adamant about not standing, saying that he does not pledge to a flag. "And they should respect that", Stone's father Brian said.

"The district fully supports the right of each student to participate or not in the daily Pledge", Heitch said.


We need a mandatory in-service day for all public school teachers on this subject, during which they learn what authority the school has and what rights the students have on a wide range of subjects.

According to the school, they are investigating the incident while the teacher is out on suspension.

Since the incident, Chaney says he no longer feels safe attending the middle school.

The teacher who allegedly pulled Stone from his chair has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is underway.

Chaney said he'd prefer to keep his son, who he said is a 4.0 student, in the Farmington district, because "we've had a wonderful relationship". "I have to make a stance for this", Chaney said.

"We don't want to paint the whole district with one whole brush", he said. And after that, if anything like this happens again, the teacher should be fired and never be allowed to teach in any public school ever again.

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