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Teacher on Leave Over Reaction to Student's Pledge Protest

17 September 2017

In wake of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest movement, a Farmington Hills, Michigan sixth-grade student was allegedly dragged forcefully out of his seat after refusing to stand for the pledge of allegiance on Thursday, Sept. 7.

It was Stone Chaney's first week at East Middle School in Farmington Hills when the September 7 incident occurred, but now his family says he might not be coming back because his rights were violated.

Stone said the next day he reprimanded once again for the same infraction, telling the broadcaster that a different teacher began yelling at him.

A MI sixth-grader was allegedly forcibly removed from his seat in class after refusing to stand for the pledge of allegiance last week.

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"My wife and I, my father-in-law, my parents, my entire family - we've shed many, many emotions in the last four or five days", he said. He claims that he doesn't pledge to a flag but to God and his family. "I say I don't stand for the pledge, she just glares at me and walks away", Stone said.

He attended a recent school board meeting where he called out officials for the mistreatment of his son and violation of his rights.

Stone is very adamant about not standing, saying that he does not pledge to a flag. "At Farmington Public Schools, we expect every child and adult in our district to be treated with dignity and respect", he said.

'I'm looking at my son as a hero.

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Superintendent George Heitsch said one teacher has been placed on leave while the district investigates. "The District fully supports the right of each student to participate or not in the daily Pledge". Now he's accusing East Middle School of violating Stone's civil rights.

"If they're fighting for freedom they're fighting for us to have choices, then it's our choice", said Mr. Chaney. "We thought our son would be in nurturing hands", he said.

Farmington Public Schools offers every student the opportunity each day to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.

"They have their beliefs and I have mine", Stone said.

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According to the 12-year-old, he was sitting during the pledge as he has done without incident since he was in the second grade.

Teacher on Leave Over Reaction to Student's Pledge Protest