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Parents and students alike protested in front of an eastern Illinois school amid reports of a teacher stomping on the American flag in the middle of class.
A teacher reportedly stomped on the flag during class at Martinsville Junior-School High School last Friday. The town is located about 100 miles west of Indianapolis.
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“It’s just disgraceful,” Navy veteran Clifford Clouser told WTHI. “There’s just so much history in that flag. Some good, some bad, but it’s still our flag.”
Parent Gina Gibson tells the Journal Gazette & Times Courier what reportedly happened:
Gibson said several students reported that the incident in question began when their teacher was using a U.S. flag as a pointer.
She said a student told the teacher that using the flag in this way is disrespectful. Gibson said the teacher then became angry, dropped the flag on the floor, and deliberately stepped on the flag.
Gibson, who is also Clouser’s daughter, told the publication her son Seth and a second student objected to the teacher’s actions by putting their heads down on their desks and refusing to look at the teacher..
“This is a situation in which I am proud of our students,” Gibson said. “Our students are standing up for our nation.” WTHI noted that several residents, including students, were protesting outside on school grounds earlier this week.
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The Martinsville school district has placed the teacher on leave for the rest of the school year pending an investigation and will not take any action until its June board meeting.
“We ask that any demonstration be done peacefully and off school grounds to avoid disruption to the end of the school year. For the safety and security of our students, we will ask any community member attempting to protest on school grounds to leave the property,” a press release from the district stated.
We are also aware that community members have made threats against the teacher on Facebook. We have notified the police of the threats. We encourage everyone in the community to teach our students by example that we can express our disapproval with a situation without becoming threatening and/or potentially violent.
To ensure the safety of the teacher involved, as well as the safety of his family, we will not be releasing his name at this time.
h/t: The Blaze
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