Teacher who stomped on flag receives $85,000 settlement

The South Carolina teacher placed on administrative leave after throwing an American flag on the floor and stomping on it was paid $85,000 as part of an out-of-court settlement in a case arising out of that incident.

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Flag stomping at Occupy Wall Street. Photo credit directorblue.blogspot.com

The settlement does not include the salary that Chapin High School English teacher Scott Compton will continue to receive until June 7, according to The State. He continues to get paid although he was placed on leave in January and submitted his resignation on Mar. 27.

“Prior to his resignation, attorneys for Mr. Compton informed district attorneys that he had prepared a complaint for filing in federal court,” Lexington-Richland 5 spokesman Mark Bounds said, The State reported.

“Based on financial considerations related to anticipated legal fees to defend such a suit, the insurer made the decision to make a monetary (offer) to Mr. Compton. He accepted the offer.”

The incident first arose in early January when one of Compton’s Honor English students described the events to her father. As he stomped on the flag, he reportedly said, “This is a symbol, but it’s only a piece of cloth. It doesn’t mean anything.” The father, Michael Copeland, later complained to school authorities and his complaint led to Compton being placed on paid administrative leave.

The State went on to report:

Lexington-Richland 5 taxpayers also will foot the bill for more than $31,500 in attorney fees, records obtained by The State newspaper under a state Freedom of Information Act request show.

The $85,000 payment was described as “a compromise and resolution of disputed claims,” the records say.

Disrespect for one’s country pays off these days.

Read more at The State.

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