A Michigan teacher has been put on leave after being accused of “violently snatching” a black student from his seat because he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
According to WDIV, 6th grader Stone Chaney was sitting in his homeroom class at East Middle School in Farmington Hills in his first week at the school when he was grabbed from behind by the teacher.
“The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently,” Stone explained to WDIV while demonstrating on his father how he was hoisted out of his chair. “I was so confused. I didn’t know what was going on.”
According to the 12-year-old, he was sitting during the pledge as he has done without incident since he was in the second grade.
“I don’t stand because I don’t pledge to a flag. I pledge to God and family,” the student explained, adding that the following day, another teacher yelled at him for the same offense.
The student’s father, Brian Chaney, said that the decision to not stand comes from his son and that he supports it. “It’s his choice to sit I don’t make him sit. And they should respect that,” his father explained. Stone’s parents are thinking of moving him out of the school.
According to the school, they are investigating the incident while the teacher is out on suspension.
“The District fully supports the right of each student to participate or not in the daily Pledge. The teacher allegedly involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave. At this time, the District cannot speculate about the outcome of the pending investigation,” reads a statement from the superintendent of Farmington Public Schools.
Watch the video below via WDIV: