Should flag-stomping teacher be fired?

  • Article by: JOHN M. CRISP , Scripps Howard News Service
  • Updated: January 21, 2013 - 7:27 PM

He stomped on a flag in front of his class to prove a point. The subject of the day was not respect; it was freedom. And I suspect that this is one lesson his class will never forget.

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marcymmbJan. 21, 13 7:32 PM

Fire him.

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jimdogJan. 21, 13 7:44 PM

Stomping on the flag, how horrendous! Every day we need to salute the flag, kiss our guns, and pray to God we get to shoot some bad people today.

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drphun11Jan. 21, 13 7:49 PM

Ask a Vet and I beleive they would say YES.

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martytoilJan. 21, 13 7:58 PM

If you respect freedom, then you should support this teacher.

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bobblumenfelJan. 21, 13 8:00 PM

John Peter (or Pieter) Zenger made dangerous statements in 1734 when he published essays in his New York City newspaper critical of the New York Colonial Governor. He was tried for libel -- and acquitted. His speaking out for freedom of speech was later codified in the First Amendment to the US Constitution. I support and applaud Scott Compton.

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phatcatpatJan. 21, 13 8:18 PM

As a conservative I say no. Now let a teacher say a prayer in school without being fired. Let a kid point a finger as if it were a gun and don't suspend him. Fair is fair.

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KrskaJan. 21, 13 8:25 PM

He has the right to stomp on Our Flag. That doesn't make him a good teacher or someone you have to hire to teach our kids. His teaching skills should be re-examined, and he should be let go if he doesn't meet the standards of the school board.

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farkelsteinJan. 21, 13 8:38 PM

absolutely he should be fired. he's teaching disrespect of the flag and what it represents.

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ti1310Jan. 21, 13 8:47 PM

----Ask a Vet and I beleive they would say YES.--- I am a vet and the answer is an emphatic NO. Do I like what he did? not at all, but I worked to long and to hard for those freedoms. I don't want someone else taking mine away if the shoe were on the other foot....

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taftjJan. 21, 13 8:52 PM

Should this teacher be fired? I don't think so. However, it was a disrespectful way to teach the lesson. Being a teacher is equal parts teaching subject matter, and demonstrating to students how to function in the real world. Outside, in the real world, you can not take actions that a large percentage of the population finds disrespectful, even if you do not agree with their beliefs. This does not mean any one point of view is bad/incorrect/immoral, it simply means as a participant in a functioning society you need to respect other people's viewpoints.

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