Michigan Teacher Accused of Assaulting Student Who Protested Pledge

Georgia Reed
September 17, 2017

East Middle School student Stone Chaney told local news outlet ClickOnDetroit that he was pulled from his desk by his teacher consultant and made to stand for the pledge despite refusing to do so.

The next day, another teacher yelled at him for sitting down.

The Supreme Court ruled in the 1943 case of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette that students can not be forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance in school. Chaney explained "I don't stand because I don't pledge to a flag".

Numerous NFL players have communicated their convictions by bowing for the national song of devotion before amusements, yet when a Farmington Hills, Michigan understudy took a comparative stand, he said his educator went too far.

The boy's father recently addressed the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education, asking that his son's choice to sit during the pledge be respected.

Chaney became emotional during a phone interview, crying as he talked about the leader he says his son has become.

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We think the action of the local authorities in compelling the flag salute and pledge transcends constitutional limitations on their power, and invades the sphere of intellect and spirit which it is the objective of the First Amendment to our Constitution to reserve from all official control. "I don't make him sit".

Heitsch said the district supports each student's right to decide whether to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Farmington Public Schools offers every student the opportunity each day to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.

"We want people to know people have rights". Brian Chaney could not be immediately reached for comment Friday.

"If they're fighting for freedom they're fighting for us to have choices, then it's our choice", said Mr. Chaney. He said people have asked him in the past about hsi decision not to stand but has never had an issue - until now. Now he's accusing East Middle School of violating Stone's civil rights. Brian Chaney praised his son's ability to walk to his "own beat".

"I don't feel safe going to that school anymore because I don't know what they're going to do next", Stone told WDIV.

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