By Lindsey Bever, (c) 2017, The Washington Post
A teacher in eastern Michigan has been placed on administrative leave after she was accused of “violently snatching” a sixth-grade student from his chair as he stayed seated for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Brian Chaney of Farmington Hills, Michigan, said a teacher consultant forced his 11-year-old son, Stone, to stand for the pledge late last week at East Middle School. Chaney called the action a violation of his son’s civil rights, explaining that Stone had been making a personal decision not to salute the American flag — but to honor God and his family — for the past several years.
It had not been a problem, his father said, until now.
“When you put your hands on kids and force your own way of thinking, that’s not right,” Chaney told The Washington Post on Friday.
On his third day at a new school, Stone was sitting in class stressing about how to use the combination lock on his middle-school locker — which, his father said, should have been the extent of an 11-year-old boy’s worries.
“The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently,” Stone told NBC affiliate WDIV. “I was so confused. I didn’t know what was going on.”
The next day, on Sept. 8, Stone’s father said, a substitute teacher also “berated” the boy for staying seated during the pledge.
Chaney spoke Tuesday at a Farmington Public Schools board of education meeting, demanding answers.
“I’m going to say we’re quite disappointed,” he told board members,…
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