As we watch individuals like Jemele Hill and Colin Kaepernick vilified for voicing out and exercising their freedom of expression, it’s clear that there is a double standard when it comes to the First Amendment.
Just days after fans at a Detroit Lions game were scolded for sitting out during the National Anthem, a sixth grade student at a Michigan middle school was reportedly dragged out of his seat by a teacher for the same reason.
Stone Chaney, a sixth grader at East Middle School in Farmington Hills, told ClickOnDetroit that he was “violently” dragged out of his seat by his teacher for sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance.
“The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently,” Chaney told the outlet. “I was so confused. I didn’t know what was going on.”
The student also stated that his homeroom teacher tried to force him to stand during the Pledge.
“I don’t stand because I don’t pledge to a flag,” Chaney said. “I pledge to God and family.”
The reported incident took place September 7 and on the next day, Chaney said another teacher yelled at him for sitting out.
“I don’t feel safe going to that school anymore because I don’t know what they’re going to do next,” Stone said. Meanwhile, Chaney’s father, Brian Chaney, addressed the district directly, stating, it was his son’s “choice to sit.”
“I don’t make him sit. And they should respect that.”
As Click On Detroit further reports, the superintendent of Farmington Public Schools issued a statement on the matter and noted that the district does support the right of students to opt out of the pledge, announcing that it was conducting an investigation and that the teacher involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome.
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