Thursday, January 10 2013 10:07 AM EST2013-01-10 15:07:14 GMT
The attorney for a Midlands high school teacher accused of stomping on an American flag in front of his honors English classes says his client meant no disrespect.Darryl D. Smalls says 12-year teacherMore >
The attorney for a Midlands high school teacher accused of stomping on an American flag in front of his honors English classes says his client meant no disrespect.More >
Lexington-Richland School District Five made no decision Monday night on whether or not to terminate a teacher in the district who ignited a nationwide controversy after he allegedly threw down an American flag and stomped on it in front of his classes as part of a lesson.
District spokesperson Mark Bounds said the district's investigation into the matter is over. Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hafter has made the recommendation to the school board to fire Chapin High School teacher Scott Compton.
According to the South Carolina Teacher and Employment Dismissal Act, Compton has 15 days to respond to the request for termination. If he appeals, he has the right to a hearing before the board to prove his case.
The board discussed the matter behind closed doors at its packed meeting Monday night at Chapin High School. There was plenty of talk about the subject during the public comment portion of the meeting.
A retired Vietnam veteran, Tom Fincher with Chapin's American Legion Post, told the crowd he would like for the board to consider allowing a flag disposal ceremony to take place at the school's campus. He said that's the only way to bring closure to the issue.
"We're for anything that enhances respect for the American flag," said Fincher. "That flag we served under, died under. It is more than a piece of cloth."
Parents, on the other hand, said the closure they want to see is Compton removed from the classroom
"Based on this person's actions, this teacher is not a role model for my children," said one parent. "And is the epitome of who I don't want my children to grow up to be."
The district placed Compton on administrative leave after parents characterized his lessons as disrespectful and unpatriotic.
When Michael Copeland overheard his teenager talking about what her honors II English teacher did with the flag in their classroom, he pressed for details.
"He drew a couple of symbols, like one of them was a cross, and he said, 'What does this represent,' and everybody said, 'Christianity,'" said Copeland.
"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."
But there are consequences.
"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," said Mark Bounds, a spokesperson for Lexington-Richland 5.
Compton repeated the lesson in three classes that day, prompting a full investigation. After an unrelated incident at Dutch Fork where a teacher was suspended for a political sign in her room, officials say teachers know better.
"There is a code of ethics for teachers that talks about professional conduct, and then we tell our teachers that their personal opinion is their personal opinion and shouldn't be brought into the classroom, and so we caution them all the time," said Bounds.
Copeland believes telling students the 50 stars symbolize the 50 states, the red and white stripes, symbolize the original 13 colonies might have been a better way.
"He totally ignored what I consider what would have been an excellent teaching point to just simply throw the flag down and show no respect to it at all and to the people that it means a whole lot to," said Copeland.
Monday, June 17 2013 2:22 PM EDT2013-06-17 18:22:31 GMT
A man has gone before a Mid-Michigan judge on charges stemming from the slaying of a 77-year-old man at his Bridgeport Township home last week. Anthony Clapper, 36, was charged with first-degree murderMore >
A man has gone before a Mid-Michigan judge on charges stemming from the slaying of a 77-year-old man at his Bridgeport Township home last week.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 1:06 PM EDT2013-06-17 17:06:27 GMT
Michigan State Police troopers and other Mid-Michigan law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for a man who is accused of opening fire on his wife and children over the weekend. Police are activelyMore >
Law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for a man who is accused of opening fire on his wife and children on Father's Day.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 12:59 PM EDT2013-06-17 16:59:17 GMT
The makers of the next installment of the "Transformers" movie franchise plan to shoot this month near Adrian. The Daily Telegram of Adrian (http://bit.ly/14EkYam) reports that wheat fields along MichiganMore >
The makers of the next installment of the "Transformers" movie franchise plan to shoot this month near Adrian.More >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 12:12 PM EDT2013-06-17 16:12:45 GMT
WNEM has received word that traffic is backing up at the interchange of southbound I-75 and eastbound I-69 in Genesee County. It is believed that scaffolding over the road is causing the problem. It isMore >
WNEM has received word that traffic is backed up at the interchange of southbound I-75 and eastbound I-69 in Genesee County.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 12:13 PM EDT2013-06-17 16:13:39 GMT
A violent night in the city of Saginaw leaves one woman dead following a late-night shooting.It happened in the area of 5th and Burt streets shortly after midnight.Police found a woman laying in the streetMore >
A 44-year-old woman is dead following a shooting in Saginaw. Police said it happened in the area of 5th and Burt street on shortly after midnight on Saturday.More >
French and U.S. experts are continuing their search for the 17th-century ship Griffin, which they believe sank in northern Lake Michigan in 1679.More >
Commercial fisherman Larry Barbeau's comings and goings usually don't create much of a stir in this wind-swept Lake Michigan outpost, but in the past few days, his phone jangles the minute he arrives home.More >
Tuesday, June 11 2013 4:44 PM EDT2013-06-11 20:44:03 GMT
A New Haven mother was arrested after her two-year-old daughter was found wandering naked in the street Monday morning. Officers were called to the intersection of Chapel Street and Ellsworth Avenue justMore >
A New Haven mother was arrested after her 2-year-old daughter was found wandering naked in the street Monday morning.More >
Federal agents are searching a field in suburban Detroit where a man who believes he knows where Jimmy Hoffa was buried has said remains of the former Teamsters leader might be found. FBI spokesman SimonMore >
Federal agents are searching a field in suburban Detroit where a man who believes he knows where Jimmy Hoffa was buried has said remains of the former Teamsters leader might be found.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 6:23 AM EDT2013-06-17 10:23:49 GMT
Police are looking for a Grand Rapids mother of three children who hasn't been seen by her family since May 30. Latoria Wiley called her home five days later saying she would be returning soon. PoliceMore >
Police are looking for a Grand Rapids mother of three children who hasn't been seen by her family since May 30.More >