An Illinois high school teacher sparked protest from local veterans in May when he threw the American flag on the ground and began to stomp on it. He has now been fired.
The teacher, identified as Jordan Parmenter of Martinsville Jr./Sr. High School, claimed it was simply a lesson in free speech. Students, however, claimed Parmenter stomped on the flag after they objected to his using it as a pointer.
The school board sided with the upset students, parents, and local veterans, voting 6-0 to fire Parmenter in late June.
“I have no words to describe my anger,” parent and Marine Corps Veteran Nicholas Gibson told WTHI News during the protests after Parmenter stomped the flag. “It should have never happened… I am very proud for these kids that have stood up for what they believe in.”
Parmenter is not the first teacher to lose his job in a controversy over the flag. English teacher Scott Compton at Chapin High School in Chapin, S.C., resigned from his position under pressure after stomping on the American flag during a classroom lecture.
Parmenter plans to speak with his union representative about fighting the firing.
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