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.


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.


  • http://michellemalkin.com/ Sam Page

    This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. –– Elmer Davis

  • CommonSense

    Americans should not have to endure offensives against or upon our Flag. This is what our children are learning in the public school system paid for by taxpayers.

    Patriots should all be outraged!

    • Arelar2

      Am sorry I wasn't there to discuss stomping policies. He stomps on the flag and I stomp on him. Seems fair to me. No settlement required

    • RUSerious

      Educated Americans realize how important life lessons like this are learned at universities. The professor targeted by ignorant teabaggers deserves much more compensation than he's being offered. The stupid student and his backers should pay for their hateful, idiotic actions.

      • Rifraffe

        What a total loser you are Miss Serious. Educated Americans realize where their freedoms come from. Following our flag into the never ending battle for freedom and human liberty and justice is what we are about as a nation. That is why we remain the shining light on the hill to most of the world. You are so clueless. You are the hateful and blissfully ignorant that we have often shed our blood to protect.

      • TomS

        Now if that had been the Koran…

        • Tony

          Isn't that the truth!

  • Doc Halliday

    come on up to Asheville. We know what to do with flag stompers.

    • http://quakepc.webs.com MK

      Better idea. Someone needs to come to HIM. Shoot him when he is watching TV or going to work at 5am or what. Then drive back to their home or home state like nothing happened.

      • http://unknown dt

        i dont think u should be threatening to kill him what better person does that make you i just dont think he should have been paid for stomping on the amercian flag he should be the one paying the students for teaching wrong.

      • Brent Leckner

        Seems very reasonable to me M K!!!!

    • bill

      Can I join…disrespect for our flag is disrespect for our country…..disrespect for me….i would join in on helping teach respect…..

    • Tony

      Jasper Florida too!

  • Michael Nappi

    And so it is with the Obama administration, flag burners/stompers, Muslim terrorists and baby killers are protected and praised as they squeeze every bit out of the tax payers and take our rights in the name of the "new world order.

    Wake up America. Obama has sold us out to the United Nations and the Muslims.

    Right now he is going after Christians and trying to take our guns.

    Who or what will be next?

    We must stop this man and soon

    • RUSerious


  • http://BizPacReview tammy

    it was premeditate

  • Teresa O'Neal

    What really bothers me is that this piece of garbage is teaching our children. He should be banned from teaching.He is a disgrace to the teachers everywhere as well as all Americans. HE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF..

    • http://unknown dt

      i agree with u

      • Brent Leckner

        I concure Theresa!!!!

    • Dennis Fritz

      How in the hell is he compensated for desecrating the flag and our country? What has happened to this great country. It apparently has been hijacked while we sit and do nothing. This is a terrible injustice to all Americans.

    • RUSerious

      Teresa, it's obvious you don't understand how students are taught at free universities, your remark reveals your ignorance. A sad reflection on the state of freedom in America.

      • William McClure

        LOL "Free university"? By WHAT do you mean "free"? Tuition-free or free as long as they teach the party line? By the way I have two college degrees so don't try to patronize me with your academicspeak crap.

    • Dennis Haidle

      Teresa is right, you Sir are an Idiot.

  • buddysays

    Bring that teacher here to me and i will tar and feather him naked so the whole world can see what a coward he really is.

  • http://quakepc.webs.com MK

    SEND ME his name, phone numbers , address PLEASE!!

  • RMP

    Wish he would have done that in front of a veteran!

  • torepedo

    Just think if he beat up a christian student after stomping on the flag. He most likely would og received an extra $100.000

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