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09-21-2016, 04:47 PM
A North Carolina history teacher is facing backlash after he stomped on the American flag as part of a lesson on the First Amendment.

Sara Taylor, who is a parent of one of the students in that class, posted a photo of Lee Francis standing over a crumpled American flag on the floor in front of his class at Massey Hill High School that has since gone viral, The Fayetteville Observer reported.

Taylor said Francis asked the students for a lighter or scissors. When no one had one, he threw the flag on the floor and stomped on it.

Cumberland County Superintendent Frank Til Jr. heard of the incident Tuesday but is waiting until he has all the facts of the incident before he takes any action against Francis.

“I don’t want to make any comments until I get it sorted all out,” Till said to The Observer


cadillac shark
09-21-2016, 06:38 PM
It's a misdemeanor in most places.

Now suspended indefinitely... and receiving death-threats... as he threatens the student-who-filmed-him with a lawsuit. How's it all gonna work out, Lee? My guess is you still have a 30-grand college-loan to pay back.

09-27-2016, 09:16 PM
Teacher in military community who stomped on flag receives discipline

The North Carolina history teacher who enraged military families at Fort Bragg (http://popularmilitary.com/teacher-military-community-asks-lighter-stomps-flag-front-students/) will face discipline for his “First Amendment class exercise”.

A week ago, a picture -posted by a parent of a student at the school- of Lee Francis stepping on the American flag in front of his class went viral.

Francis has been teaching history at Massey Hill Classical High School in Fayetteville since finishing graduate school at the University of North Carolina in December of 2015, according to his Facebook page.

On Friday, Cumberland County Superintendent Dr. Frank Till said Francis will face discipline for his actions but did not specify the nature of the punishment.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, Francis has been suspended for 10 days without pay. Francis received a letter from Superintendent Till to give his notice of his 10-day suspension.

“The grounds for your disciplinary suspension without pay for a period of 10 days are neglect of duty, failure to fulfill the duties and responsibilities imposed upon teachers or school administrators by the General Statutes of this state, and failure to comply with such reasonable requirements as the board may prescribe,” the letter said.

Superintendent Till made his decision (http://www.wral.com/teacher-disciplined-after-stepping-on-flag-in-fayetteville-classroom/16041810/)after meeting with Francis and reviewing statements from students and staff.

“I have concluded that the actions of Mr. Francis were not an act of civil disobedience by the school or the Cumberland County Central Services. All agree that his actions were inappropriate. Therefore, I have determined discipline is appropriate based on violating our policies,” Till said.