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Teacher accused of assaulting student who sat during pledge

16 September 2017

A MI teacher has been placed on leave after he allegedly got physical with a student who refused to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.

'I don't feel safe going to that school anymore because I don't know what they're going to do next, ' Stone lamented.

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 September 7. I didn't know what was going on, ' Stone said, adding 'then I was irritated because that's not supposed to happen'.

"I don't stand because I don't pledge to a flag", he told WDIV.

A teacher has been accused of assaulting a six grader student who did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance as he believed to deliver his allegiance to his family and the creator of the world, God. Chaney said that the educator who allegedly forced his son to stand during the pledge is a consultant who trains other teachers, but the district has not confirmed that.

Now one of the teachers has been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of an investigation by Farmington Public Schools.

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Farmington Public Schools Superintendent George Heitsch said in a statement to The Post that school leaders have opened an investigation into the incident. He said students have the right to skip the Pledge of Allegiance. "At this time, the District can not speculate about the outcome of the pending investigation", the statement read.

Stone's father, Brian Chaney, says he supports his son's decision and admires his son's courage. Chaney's father said his son will likely begin studying in another district. "You can't put your hands on children, or adults, for this reason", said Chaney, a social worker in the Pontiac School District.

"I'm doing this for me, my brothers, everyone across the state and everyone across the country", said Stone, whose parents pulled him out of school this week and are weighing their options.

'I'm looking at my son as a hero. I told her that I don't pledge to a flag.

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. "I have to make a stance for this", Chaney said.

Teacher accused of assaulting student who sat during pledge