Michigan Teacher Accused of Assaulting Student Who Protested Pledge

Stone Chaney is a sixth-grader at East Middle School in Farmington Hills

Stone Chaney is a sixth-grader at East Middle School in Farmington Hills

A sixth-grader in MI says he was "violently" pulled from his chair by his homeroom teacher when he chose to sit down during the pledge of allegiance.

"We are very disappointed that when we dropped our son off into the hands of East Middle School, we thought it would be nurturing hands". And in this particular case, a black sixth-grader out of MI says he was assaulted by his homeroom teacher all because he was exercising his rights and declined to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. On that day, Stone had refused to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Supreme Court ruled in the 1943 case of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette that students can not be forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance in school.

A Detroit-area teacher was put on leave after an 11-year-old boy said he was physically pushed out his chair to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. I didn't know what was going on, ' Stone said, adding 'then I was irritated because that's not supposed to happen'. Chaney is considering moving his son to a new school. I told her that I don't pledge to a flag.

"It's his choice to sit I don't make him sit. And they should respect that", said dad Brian Chaney.


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

The ACLU of MI weighed in on the matter via Twitter, calling "any requirement for a student to stand for the pledge of allegiance... blatantly unconstitutional".

Following this, the student's father Brian Chaney publicly announced on his Facebook page, he was "verbally assaulted the next day". "The teacher allegedly involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation".

"The District fully supports the right of each student to participate or not in the daily Pledge", the statement read.

Phillina Mullin, Stone's mother, said the educator should not have touched Stone. He said people have asked him in the past about hsi decision not to stand but has never had an issue - until now. They said it's likely they're going to pull Stone from the district.

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