‘Liberal’ teacher on leave for stomping on American flag in front of class

Michael Copeland

Michael Copeland: “Then he proceeds to take down the American flag, and said, ‘This is a symbol, but it’s only a piece of cloth. It doesn’t mean anything.”

A South Carolina high school English teacher is on administrative leave after reportedly throwing an American flag on the floor and stomping on it.

This came to light when a student related to her father what occurred in her Honors English class taught by Scott Compton.

Compton allegedly drew several symbols on the board and asked the class what each meant. Michael Copeland, father of the student, related what he was told happened next.

“Then he proceeds to take down the American flag, and said, ‘This is a symbol, but it’s only a piece of cloth. It doesn’t mean anything,’ and then he throws it down on the floor and then stomps on it, repeatedly,” Copeland said.

“I asked what was he trying to get, the point across? And she said, ‘I don’t know,’ and he said, his explanation was there would be no consequences, it’s just a piece of cloth that doesn’t mean anything.”

Compton allegedly repeated this is two additional classes that day.

As reported by The Daily Caller, “According to FITSNews, a South Carolina-based conservative news and entertain website, people in the Chapin High community describe Compton a ‘good teacher’ who is ‘very liberal’ and ‘wears it on his sleeve in the classroom.’”

Read more at The Daily Caller.

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18 thoughts on “‘Liberal’ teacher on leave for stomping on American flag in front of class

  1. Airborne66 says:

    This guy should have already been fired. You know the teachers union will save his ass.

    1. theaceman says:

      My thoughts exactly!!! Any union representative that stands up for this guy should be deported with Piers Morgan.

  2. theaceman says:

    I'd like to see how his "union" tried to protect him after these actions. He should be fired. People wonder what is wrong with our country and what is wrong with the younger generation. Look no further than how this guy handles himself in the classroom with a room full of impressionable kids.

  3. Tess says:

    This guy opened his pay check and said, Oh my gosh my taxes went up. Maybe he is frustrated for voting for Obama. Perhaps he did get his way and just going to act out towards what this country with in intention to pollute impressionable young men and women. A person like this should be fired from his job. He is only following the Presidential Example of Leadership Style. Obama has already said he will not discuss anything about any subject and he will sign everything with an executive order because he is President. His character is demonstrated by his actions. He needs a psych evaluation and hope he is not carrying a gun.

  4. Lloyd C says:

    This is what my father told me about and the history books warned us of. The carisma of an a**hole that was right for the times. Ziegiest….No emotional law has ever had much standing unless it was based on the govenment that totally screwed up "Fast and Furious". Now some 20 year old that should have died a birth kills 20 children and Obama has a heart? After he let 4 brave american die in Benghazi. How stupid are you guys???????? This boy is a communist!!!!.He loves Hugo Chavez ans Fidel and any Mohammad that is around. Open your eyes idiots. Trade free phones for you freedoms????? I'm not going down with you peasants.

  5. He should be dismissed, never to teach in the USA ever again. The union will get his job back, or at least try. Its a right to work state. Get rid of people like this that are poisoning our kids minds with stuff and actions like this. also get rid of this wanna be burr headed president cuz if we dont things are gonna get worse day by day

  6. nancy says:

    Had he heard a speech given by a Pearl Harbor survivor , telling how sailors saluted the flag even if they were on fire before jumping off a burning deck, maybe he would see it as a real thing, not just a symbol, I still get tears in my eyes every time I hear the Star Spangled Banner played, all due to his talk

  7. Charity Ballard says:

    To begin with I want to state as a fellow English teacher, I agree that this man should lose his job. Coincidently, each time I teach a lesson on concrete and abstract nouns or review symbolism with students, I point to the flag and point out that the inanimate object represents abstract ideas such as freedom, liberty, heroism, sacrifice, and patriotism. However, I don't know if this was his reason for his antics, but it should be known that today's youth do not respect the flag. It's unfathomable to witness every school year how many students do not recite the pledge of allegiance and there are even some that require prodding to merely stand up. In addition, with the attitudes of many students about education, teachers are forced to do outrageous stunts and dog and pony shows just to get the attention of their pupils. I am not providing excuses, I am appalled at the teacher's actions. However, I do think the public needs to understand the big picture. I wish that each and every parent would shadow their child for a single day to observe what really takes place in schools and witness just how many skilled and passionate pedagogues work tirelessly each day to educate despite all of the factors that are working against them. And since I am on my soapbox, I will take this teaching moment to point out that all of the previous comments about a teacher's union coming to the rescue are misinformed and spreading additional negativity without understanding the situation. South Carolina is a right to work state; unions are actually against the law. I think that it is sad that this teacher felt the need to do such a thing, but I think it will be sadder if the public continues to criticize and place blame when they don't quite understand what goes on in the educational setting.

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