A Michigan teacher has been placed on leave after he allegedly got physical with a student who refused to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Stone Chaney, a sixth grader, had just started his first week of school and now his family isn’t sure if he’ll go back, according to WDIV. The student felt his rights were violated when his teacher, who has yet to be named, tried to force him to stand for the pledge on Sept. 7.
“The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently,” Stone said. “I was so confused. I didn’t know what was going on.”
Stone said he doesn’t stand because he doesn’t “pledge to a flag.”
“I pledge to God and family,” Stone said.
Stone’s father, Brian Chaney, said at a board meeting it’s his son’s own decision to sit and he has the right to do so.
Stone Chaney says he doesn’t stand during the Pledge of Allegiance because he only pledges to God and family.
(WDIV Local 4)
The superintendent of Farmington Public Schools released a statement to WDIV saying the incident is under investigation and respected Stone’s decision.
“The District fully supports the right of each student to participate or not in the daily Pledge. The teacher allegedly involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave. At this time, the District cannot speculate about the outcome of the pending investigation,” the statement read.
Stone’s family is looking into their options as to where the boy should go to school. They said it’s likely they’re going to pull Stone from the district.