MI teacher assaults student for not standing during pledge


- 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.

Stone was also chided by a teacher for deciding to sit again during the pledge the day following the dragging incident.

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.

Stone said the next day, another teacher yelled at him for sitting down during the Pledge.

A teacher has been accused of assaulting a six grader student who did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance as he believed to deliver his allegiance to his family and the creator of the world, God.

Brian Chaney, Stone's father, said he and his son are being vocal about the incident because they don't want it to die down.

We think the action of the local authorities in compelling the flag salute and pledge transcends constitutional limitations on their power, and invades the sphere of intellect and spirit which it is the goal of the First Amendment to our Constitution to reserve from all official control.

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Superintendent of Farmington Public Schools George Heitsch said in a statement that every child is invited to participate in the pledge and expects 'every child and adult in our district to be treated with dignity and respect'.

The ACLU of MI weighed in on the matter via Twitter, calling "any requirement for a student to stand for the pledge of allegiance... blatantly unconstitutional".

The unnamed teacher is reportedly under investigation and was put on leave from his duties after "violently" grabbing young Stone Chaney out of his seat for not standing.

The teacher who allegedly pulled Stone from his chair has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is underway. "He believes in what he believes in", Chaney said. He attends East Middle School in the Farmington district. "We thought our son would be in nurturing hands", he said.

"How many kids would be such critical thinkers and leaders to be able to walk to their own beat and blaze their own path?"

'I don't feel safe going to that school anymore because I don't know what they're going to do next, ' Stone lamented.