A flag stomping teacher in South Carolina is now faced with the possibility of being fired. Reportedly, the teacher, Scott Compton, stomped on an American flag while three of his classes were in session, reported ABC on Jan. 11.
Compton has worked at the Chapin High School as an English teacher for seven years, but now his job is in the hands of the school board's ruling of the incident.
Parents of students at the school are outraged at the flag-stomping teacher. Michael Copeland is a father of one of Compton's students and heard the news from his daughter. He told news sources what his daughter told him,
"He drew a couple of symbols, like one of them was a cross, and he said, 'What does this represent?' and everybody said, 'Christianity,'"
"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."
However, Compton's attorney is saying that wasn't entirely the truth. He alleges that Compton was merely trying to promote an "inspirational idea," and was trying to teach his students a lesson about symbolism.
He later said in an email statement,
"My client has had an exemplary twelve-year teaching career and was only trying to create a forum for discussion using a powerful symbol with which all his students would be familiar."
A public information officer for the school district told ABC that the superintendent thinks the best course of action for the flag-stomping teacher is termination. But the local board has the final decision in the case.