• May 17, 2022

[VIDEO] Teacher Who Stomped on the American Flag is Suspended

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Lee Francis, who teaches at Cumberland County Schools in North Carolina, has been suspended from his job pending an investigation.  Francis claimed that he was merely demonstrating free speech.  Before he stomped on the flag, he asked for a knife or matches , so he could either cut it up burn it.  During his stomping on the flag, two students walked out of the classroom and a third picked the flag off from the floor.  Cumberland County is home to Ft Bragg.

Ft Bragg has 50,000 active servicemen and many military families, both of which have lost loved ones to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Not exactly the most conducive places to perform a desecration of the flag.  Many parents complained to the school that admitted that the demonstration was not the best way to demonstrate free speech.

From The USHerald:

Students said Mr. Francis first tried to burn and cut up the flag before putting it on the floor.

Two students left the room; a third removed the flag from the floor.

Francis argues that he was merely showing “an example of free speech.”

One parent, Melissa Ramos, who also has a son stationed at Ft. Bragg, reacted with anger.

“There are so many other ways that he could have taught that instead of trying to desecrate the flag that so many people in this country have fought so hard for.”

Superintendent Dr. Frank Till Jr. agreed. “Clearly there are other ways to teach First Amendment rights without desecrating a flag. The situation is currently under investigation.”

The teacher, however, maintains, “the way that I taught it can’t necessarily be wrong.”

 

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