Florida teacher suspended for berating student who wouldn’t stand for Pledge of Allegiance

A Florida high school teacher was suspended from his job after his angry tirade directed at a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance was caught on video and posted to social media where it went viral, generating a firestorm of outrage while racking up over a million views.

In the video, the teacher who works at Manatee High School in Bradenton is seen in the TikTok video berating a Hispanic teen to who didn’t get up and stand for the pledge, shouting angrily at the student as he loses his composure in the classroom.

“We defend our country,” he says as the camera begins to roll, “and you are going to sit there on your BUTT?”

He then addressed the student who was shaking his leg, challenging him, ” If you wanna do something, get up and do it. I’ll defend my country ‘til the very end. Then, go back to—where are you from? Mexico? Or Guatemala? Where?”

“I was born here,” the student answered.

Before the video cut off, the adult instructor raged, ”You were born here, and you won’t stand up for the flag?”

(Video: The Daily Mail)

The teacher, who has been identified in media reports as Robert Reiber was removed from the classroom after the outburst and “reassigned to a position where he no longer has contact with students, Manatee School District spokesman Michael Barber said in an email according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, adding that “The district’s investigation is ongoing.”

“The School District of Manatee County strongly condemns any language or behavior that degrades, humiliates or insults any individuals – most especially the young people, families, and community we have the privilege of serving,” Barber said.

Twitter users reacted to the incident with mixed feelings.

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