A teacher in Michigan’s Farmington Hills is under fire for allegedly assaulting a 6th grader who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Student Stone Chaney of the East Middle School claims his homeroom middle school teacher ‘snatched him up from his seat’ when he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
“The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently,” Stone said. “I was so confused. I didn’t know what was going on.”
He later claimed that he was scolded by another teacher for repeating the action, according to ClickOnDetroit.
“I don’t stand because I don’t pledge to a flag,” Stone said. “I pledge to God and family.”
Now, he and his father, Brian Chaney, are demanding answers.
“It’s his choice to sit,” Brian Chaney said. “I don’t make him sit. And they should respect that.”
US Marine veteran Stephen Stevens thinks the youth needs to sit down and have an education session concerning the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I would love to be able to talk to them and get their side and explain my side so maybe we could come to an understanding,” Stevens said. “Because I get they have that right, but I don’t believe they understand what that right really entails.”
However, it appears that the elder Chaney would rather stick to his personal views on the matter.
“If they’re fighting for freedom, they’re fighting for us to have choices,” Brian Chaney said. “Then it’s our choice.”
According to ClickOnDetroit, the superintendent of Farmington Public Schools released the following statement:
“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.”
The family is currently trying to determine if the younger Chaney will go back to school in the district.
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