Flag stomping teacher suspended, could be fired
CHAPIN, SC – The superintendent of a South Carolina school district that received national attention because of a teacher’s controversial lesson that included him allegedly throwing down the American flag and stomping on it in front of his class has recommended the teacher be terminated.
Lexington-Richland School District Five spokesperson Mark Bounds told WIS-TV the district’s investigation into the matter is over. Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hafter will soon make the recommendation to the school board for Chapin High teacher Scott Compton be fired.
The district placed Compton on administrative leave after parents characterized his lessons as disrespectful and unpatriotic.
“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 is on paid leave. His attorney claims the teacher was trying to generate discussion by using a powerful symbol his students were familiar with.
Compton has been at the school for seven years.