Teen Sat For the Pledge Because ‘America Sucks’, Teacher Responds in Unexpected Fashion

Teen Sat For the Pledge Because ‘America Sucks’, Teacher Responds in Unexpected Fashion

It’s become almost trendy for some people to show their hatred for this country, but not everyone is okay with it. One student decided that he wasn’t going to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance because he said that “America sucks.” But he wasn’t expecting the teacher’s response.

15 year-old Shemar Cooper attends Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, Illinois. During Spanish class, he sat in his seat during the pledge. After his teacher told him that he had to stand up, he still refused, saying that “America sucks.” Cooper’s mother, Kelley Porter, was apologetic, but only for her son’s choice of language. She defended his choice to remain seated for the pledge.

But while Porter and Cooper thought the problem was over, the next time he went to class, the teacher responded in an unexpected way. Cooper tried to remain seated again, but this time, the teacher tried to physically pull him out of his chair. Porter responded by reporting the “violence” to Blue Island police and threatened to press charges against the teacher.

She also said that she was proud of her son for standing up for his beliefs and for making a statement against oppression and police violence. “America doesn’t respect blacks,” Cooper said. “Until they stop killing us, I’m not going to stand up.” Porter agreed, adding, “We don’t hate America. It’s the behaviors that are put out from some of the people towards black people that we disapprove of.”

The principal of the high school sided with the family against the teacher, saying, “Eisenhower High School takes any allegations of violations of students rights seriously. We respect students’ First Amendment right to not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.” But Porter wasn’t satisfied, saying that she thinks the teacher should be suspended.

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