Though the school year may have just begun, a middle school in Farmington Hills, Michigan, became the source of controversy when a teacher was accused of assaulting a student for remaining seated during the Pledge of Allegiance.
On September 7, Stone Chaney, a sixth grader at East Middle School, was unsure of why the situation escalated to physical violence, and he is unsure if he’ll be able to return to the school, reported ClickOnDetroit.
"The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently," Stone told WDIV. "I was so confused. I didn't know what was going on."
Stone then told the accused homeroom teacher he does not feel obligated to stand for the pledge.
"I don't stand because I don't pledge to a flag," Stone told WDIV. "I pledge to God and family."
According to Stone, another teacher yelled at him for sitting during the pledge the next day.
"I don't feel safe going to that school anymore because I don't know what they're going to do next," Stone told WDIV.
During a board meeting at the school, Stone’s father, Brian Chaney, explained his son is capable of making his own decisions.
"It's his choice to sit," Chaney told WDIV. "I don't make him sit. And they should respect that."
The superintendent of Farmington Public Schools released the following statement to ClickOnDetroit:
"The District fully supports the right of each student to participate or not in the daily Pledge. The teacher allegedly involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave. At this time, the District cannot speculate about the outcome of the pending investigation."
Stone hasn't gone back to school and his family admits they will probably leave the district.
(Photo: WDIV-TV, Detroit Local News)
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