South Carolina Teacher On Leave For Stomping On American Flag In Front Of Class…


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A high school teacher in South Carolina is under investigation and has been placed on long-term administrative leave after he allegedly threw an American flag on the floor and stomped on it in front of his students.

Scott Compton, an English teacher at Chapin High School in Chapin, S.C., reprised the unpatriotic deed in three classes over the course of one day, reports local NBC affiliate WIS.

One parent, Michael Copeland, said he heard his teenage daughter discussing the incident and asked her to tell him the whole story.

“He drew a couple of symbols, like one of them was a cross, and he said, ‘What does this represent,’ and everybody said, ‘Christianity,’” Copeland explained to WIS.

“Then he proceeds to take down the American flag, and said, ‘This is a symbol, but it’s only a piece of cloth. It doesn’t mean anything,’ and then he throws it down on the floor and then stomps on it, repeatedly,” Copeland continued.

South Carolina Teacher On Leave For Stomping On American Flag In Front Of Class… | Weasel Zippers

If nothing else it shows why our kids are being taught hate for this country.


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I do not agree with his acts but I also do not agree with his suspension. I remember when teachers used to teach. I was lucky enough to get teacher that were there to further my learning and not preach.


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I never had any of the other kind until I was in college, and precious few of those. Anyway, they were all in the so-called “social science” departments.


#4

Teachers with opinions are the worse kind. Kids are there to be taught not to hear what the teacher thinks.


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It is just a piece of cloth. People are going to have to stop adhering symbology and learn to see reality. The flag is taught to people in the government schools to represent something that no longer exists. It stops critical thinking. The America that existed in the 19 th century is long gone replaced with a mixture of a socialist, fascist, hegemonic state.

When the President now has the power to assassinate citizens on his word alone, to indefinitely detain, to unilaterally go to war with no action from congress, to make thosands of excutive orders as if they were law, to bailout banks and companies, when the government is turning the country into a police state with 30,000 drones, new agencies like TSA with VIPER teams roaming the country abusing the citizenry, the militarization of the police dressed in camo armed with assault rifles while it readies to rob them of the people, a debt so astronomical that it is impossible to pay off yet the government keeps spending, a welfare system that now consumes close to a trillion dollars a year, robbing the people of it’s healthcare by socializing it and we are going to complain about a teacher stomping on the flag?

Let me ask you this, is this not the proper response at this time? Do you not see the republic in it’s death throes? Or are you only interested in what a piece of cloth represents that has been long lost and not known to this country in over a hundred years?


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Yeah, I’ve mentioned on other occasions the social-psychology prof I had who advised us to toss everything our parents taught us out the window. Not even knowing what our parents taught us. He was sure it was wrong. I presume he wanted to lay the groundwork for what we should believe. I can see the possibility of telling us to review what our parents taught us; I’ve done that - some of it I’ve discarded - based on my own experiences and studies, not on what someone else told me - but for the most part, I can see that they were right. And, right or wrong, their motives were right. They wanted us to be right. These profs, on the other hand, want us to be like them, right or wrong. I suppose they think they are right - they can’t imagine themselves to be flawed. . .


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It is just a piece of cloth.
I walked through a county courthouse square,
On a park bench an old man was sitting there.
I said, "Your old courthouse is kinda run down."
He said, "Naw, it’ll do for our little town."
I said, “Your old flagpole has leaned a little bit,
And that’s a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging on it.”

He said, “Have a seat.” and I sat down.
"Is this the first time you’ve been to our little town?"
I said, “I think it is.” He said, "I don’t like to brag,
But we’re kinda proud of that Ragged Old Flag.

"You see, we got a little hole in that flag there
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key
Sat watching it writing ‘Say Can You See’.
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
With Packingham and Jackson tuggin’ at its seams.

"And it almost fell at the Alamo
Beside the Texas flag, but she waved on though.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on that Ragged Old Flag.

"On Flanders Field in World War I,
She got a big hole from a Bertha gun.
She turned blood red in World War II…
She hung limp and low a time or two.
She was in Korea and Vietnam;
She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam.

"She waved from our ships upon the briny foam,
And now they’ve about quit waving her back here at home.
In her own good land here she’s been abused –
She’s been burned, dishonored, denied, and refused.

"And the government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land.
And she’s getting threadbare, and she’s wearing thin,
But she’s in good shape for the shape she’s in.
'Cause she’s been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more.

“So we raise her up every morning, we take her
down every night.
We don’t let her touch the ground, and we fold
her up right.
On second thought, I do like to brag,
'Cause I’m mighty proud of that Ragged Old Flag.” Words by J.R. Cash.


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It is exactly what the Flag stand for that I will not see it disrespected. I will not give up on what America could be because of what it is presently.


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I could almost see - and approve - of a teacher doing that if (s)he had an excellent point to make; such as, watching how offended his students got when seeing a flag get trampled on, then explaining, ‘that’s exactly what the government is doing every time it tramples on your rights.’ 'If you don’t see it, you don’t get quite so offended, and that’s why it’s so very important to pay attention to what your government is doing.

But that wasn’t his point. Actually quite the opposite. (Along w/pretty stupid to do in S.C.)

From the article:

According to FITSNews, a South Carolina-based conservative news and entertain website, people in the Chapin High community describe Compton a “good teacher” who is “very liberal” and “wears it on his sleeve in the classroom.”

Beg pardon, but that is a contradiction in terms.


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OldStyleBlues, that was mighty touching. Thank you for that.
Perhaps Compton School could make good use of it, too.


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[quote=“Seravee, post:8, topic:37781”]
It is exactly what the Flag stand for that I will not see it disrespected. I will not give up on what America could be because of what it is presently.
[/quote] The ideas are being disrepected in a very real way, in reality. Yet a symbolic gesture is what angers people. You know why? Because the majority of people do not see reality. They would rather “respect” symbology while at the same time ignoring reality. It is like as long as we can keep our patroitic idols then the reality of how far the country has fallen does not become reality. It is magical thinking.


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[quote=“Bremen, post:11, topic:37781”]
The ideas are being disrepected in a very real way, in reality. Yet a symbolic gesture is what angers people. You know why? Because the majority of people do not see reality. They would rather “respect” symbology while at the same time ignoring reality. It is like as long as we can keep our patroitic idols then the reality of how far the country has fallen does not become reality. It is magical thinking.
[/quote]Well this explains pretty clearly you hate the U.S. but refuse to leave.


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I hate the U.S. government and that flag represents it. It is the government’s banner that they carry into war to murder innocent women and children. It is the banner it hides behind to saddle the unborn with crushing debt. To enslave an unborn population with today’s opulence.

Why won’t you leave? You complain about violations of the second amendment and nationalizing health care? Do you not hate the current government? Or do you like Obama, Pelosi, etc. etc. Did I miss something? When did you become a Obama man?


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[quote=“2cent, post:10, topic:37781”]
OldStyleBlues, that was mighty touching. Thank you for that.
Perhaps Compton School could make good use of it, too.
[/quote] You don’t disrespect the American flag.


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No the government hides behind the flag. They do not represent what the flag represents.


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[quote=“Bremen, post:13, topic:37781”]
I hate the U.S. government and that flag represents it. It is the government’s banner that they carry into war to murder innocent women and children. It is the banner it hides behind to saddle the unborn with crushing debt. To enslave an unborn population with today’s opulence.

Why won’t you leave? You complain about violations of the second amendment and nationalizing health care? Do you not hate the current government? Or do you like Obama, Pelosi, etc. etc. Did I miss something? When did you become a Obama man?
[/quote] Thousands of men have died defending what that flag stands for. They’ve given their lives for the freedoms that you enjoy today. When you show disrespect to the American flag you show disrespect to those who have died for it.


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I disagree with his teaching method, and his point a bit, but I don’t think he should have been suspended solely for stomping on a flag. If there is a pattern of poor teaching like this, however, then sure.


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To begin, as an American, I have the highest respect for what that flag stands for, what that flag represents, and those who have done a lot more than me to make that flag still flies. As a teacher, I can say without hesitation that this was inappropriate, controversial, and not only wasted precious time for education but also now has been the entire year’s ciricula in a tailspin. In addition, regardless of the message being sent, the violent and overtly offensive act is a poor choice in examining symbolism and nonverbal messages. He not only offended a great many people, he brought shame to himself, controversy to his school, and distraction to his students.

The point he was making however, its not dogmatic nor indoctrination in the topic of the display, but rather in his method. He was trying to explain that the flag is a symbol. Its not just a piece of cloth, it represents something. I would have then pointed to my FSU Plague (GO NOLES!) and said, that symbol represents me, my fellow students, the college of FSU, the football team of FSU, etc. I then would explain how we can express nonverbal communication with symbolism. For example, doing as this man did, than saluting it to show a juxaposed comparison. I then would have added smashing my FSU plaque as further reinforcement. The guy is an obvious liberal, a buffoon, a controversial harlet, and most likely an annoying person to be around in the lounge. But, please don’t accuse every teacher of dogma/indoctrination, we ain’t all like that.


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[quote=“OldStyleBlues, post:16, topic:37781”]
Thousands of men have died defending what that flag stands for. They’ve given their lives for the freedoms that you enjoy today. When you show disrespect to the American flag you show disrespect to those who have died for it.
[/quote] You and I have very different realities. We also have very different views of history. You hold the governmental schooling views. I hold the truth. No amount of me providing proof or evidence will sway your reality. You have been indocrinated into it. For me to change your mind I would have to undo a life time of misinformation. Governments are run by sociopaths. Those men who died did not die to defend what ever your flag stands for, they died to line the pockets of the sociopaths that run and are associated with government. Men do not naturally exist in a state of war. They have conflicts and battles but wars cost money and lives which the nature of humans find too costly. Throughout history wars do not occur until the leaders are able to get a forced stable income. Once that income is installed they then go to take the other leader’s income. This is war this what those men died for. Then they get control of the education system and teach them to think they fight for themselves. Live in your reality, ignorance is bliss.