South Carolina teacher suspended for stomping on an American flag

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:23 EDT
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A teacher in Chapin, South Carolina was suspended this week after students said that during a lesson about symbols, he took an American flag and put it on the floor, then stomped on it.

Students said they weren’t sure what the point of the demonstration was, according to WISTV 10 in South Carolina.

Honors English teacher Scott Compton, at Chapin High School, was reportedly trying to illustrate that students had the freedom to deface symbols without consequence. Unfortunately for him, that assumption was wrong.

“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,” a spokesperson for the school told WISTV 10.

The district said a permanent replacement would be brought in soon. Compton is currently suspended, but district officials are expected to consider termination at a meeting next week.

“The actions that occurred are unprofessional and not consistent with the standards of our district,” a spokesperson told The News & Observer.

This video is from WISTV 10 in South Carolina, aired Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina |

Photo: Shutterstock.com.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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