Michael Copeland overheard his daughter talking about one of her teachers and how he threw the American flag on the floor and stomped on it in front of her class. He asked her to tell him more about what happened. This is what she told him, as Copeland relayed it to a local news reporter:
“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.”
“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.”
Her teacher, Scott Compton, is an English teacher at Chapin High School in Chapin, South Carolina. He not only stomped on the flag in the one class, but he did it in two other classes as well. According to people in the area, they say that Compton is a good teacher, however he is very liberal and ‘wears it on his sleeve,’ even though teachers are warned about sharing personal opinions in class.
When the incident was reported to school officials, they didn’t hesitate to act. He has been placed on a long-term suspension and is being investigated by the school. A substitute teacher will take his place for the remainder of the school year.
Spokesman for the school district, Mark Bounds told the local media:
“Our superintendent served in the military, I served in the military for 20 years, our flag is a symbol of our freedom, and so many people have fought and died for that liberty, and so we take this action very seriously.”
Hooray and Hoorah for the school board in Chapin, South Carolina. It’s about time that someone stood up for the American Flag and what it stands for. Too many American men and women have died and been maimed in defending and serving that flag for someone to treat it with such disrespect, especially in front of a school kids.
Now I would like to see the Chapin schools, and every other school in the country teach the US Code for the Flag of the United States of America. As a matter of fact, I just went to the school district’s website and suggested that very thing. I hope you consider doing the same thing.