by Dave Blount | September 21, 2016 2:02 pm
Even now it is still possible for public school teachers to push progressivism a little too far, a little too fast:
A history teacher in Cumberland County [North Carolina] was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday after coming under fire for stepping on the U.S. flag as part of a lesson on the First Amendment.
Lee Francis, who teaches at Massey Hill Classical High School, said he is scheduled to meet with Cumberland County Schools system officials Thursday to discuss the incident stemming from a lesson in his American History class.
At least all he did was tread on Old Glory — rather that cut it to ribbons or set it fire:
A Facebook user named Sara Taylor, who said her child has a friend in Francis’ class, posted a photo of Francis’ foot on the flag during the lesson. In a post online, Taylor wrote Francis asked the students for a lighter or scissors. No one had one, she said, which is when Francis put the flag on the floor and “stomped” on it.
Francis says he was trying to make a point about the First Amendment. Unsurprisingly, he has the ACLU in his corner.
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Military families will be less supportive. Fort Bragg is nearby.
Trampling on the American flag is a class 2 misdemeanor in North Carolina.
As you might expect, the teacher’s moonbattery is not limited to flag desecration:
In October, Francis filed to challenge state Rep. Elmer Floyd of Fayetteville in the Democratic primary. He called for a “revolution” in the education system to give power back to teachers. He also said he wanted affordable health care for all and believed in homeless rights, voting rights, a higher minimum wage and supporting women and gay rights.
I wonder how the USA comes out looking in the version of history Francis’s students learn.
On a tip from Bodhisattva. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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