Angry Teacher Does This To U.S. Flag After Student Calls Him Out In Front Of Class

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Parents and students alike protested in front of an eastern Illinois school amid reports of a teacher stomping on the American flag in the middle of class.

A teacher reportedly stomped on the flag during class at Martinsville Junior-School High School last Friday. The town is located about 100 miles west of Indianapolis.

“It’s just disgraceful,” Navy veteran Clifford Clouser told WTHI. “There’s just so much history in that flag. Some good, some bad, but it’s still our flag.”

Parent Gina Gibson tells the Journal Gazette & Times Courier what reportedly happened:

Gibson said several students reported that the incident in question began when their teacher was using a U.S. flag as a pointer.

She said a student told the teacher that using the flag in this way is disrespectful. Gibson said the teacher then became angry, dropped the flag on the floor, and deliberately stepped on the flag.

Gibson, who is also Clouser’s daughter, told the publication her son Seth and a second student objected to the teacher’s actions by putting their heads down on their desks and refusing to look at the teacher..

“This is a situation in which I am proud of our students,” Gibson said. “Our students are standing up for our nation.” WTHI noted that several residents, including students, were protesting outside on school grounds earlier this week.

The Martinsville school district has placed the teacher on leave for the rest of the school year pending an investigation and will not take any action until its June board meeting.

“We ask that any demonstration be done peacefully and off school grounds to avoid disruption to the end of the school year. For the safety and security of our students, we will ask any community member attempting to protest on school grounds to leave the property,” a press release from the district stated.

We are also aware that community members have made threats against the teacher on Facebook. We have notified the police of the threats.  We encourage everyone in the community to teach our students by example that we can express our disapproval with a situation without becoming threatening and/or potentially violent.

To ensure the safety of the teacher involved, as well as the safety of his family, we will not be releasing his name at this time.

h/t: The Blaze

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Sick Student Missed Classes. See The Shocking Thing This School Did To His Mom.

A Georgia woman was arrested last week after her son missed more days of school than the local district allows. She is out of jail and awaiting trial.

Julie Scott Giles of Screven County, Ga., said on her Facebook page earlier this month she received a certified letter that her son Sam had six more unexcused absences–absences without a doctor’s note–than the district allows per year.

If anyone feels the need to go public with this feel free to do so….the facts are Sam originally had what they consider 12 unexcused absences, 6 are allowed per year, so he had 6 more than is acceptable, but the doctor reissued 3 excuses that Sam didn’t turn in, so basically I am being arrested for THREE days.

Giles ultimately turned herself in to the Screven County Sheriff’s Office and described her experience on Facebook. “I am home. I was actually placed in ankle shackles!! I was told that doing so is procedure,” Giles wrote. “I was respectful and followed directions. Sheriff Mike Kile allowed me to leave after being booked and photographed without having to call a bondsman. I will call tomorrow to get my court date. Thanks for the support!!”

Giles has a court date on July 14. She could be facing a fine of $25 to $100 for each unexcused absence, plus possible jail time.

William Bland, the Screven County Schools Superintendent, told WTOC that arresting parents for excessive unexcused school absences is not an unusual practice. “It’s important for these children to be in school and I think the courts recognize that,” Bland said.

Giles will be on Fox and Friends Friday, and she wrote an additional post thanking those who have expressed their support:

I just cannot express how full my heart is right now!! The pouring out of love and support has overwhelmed my heart! The kindness that has been shown to me by family, friends, and strangers is nothing short of miraculous! My cup runneth over. My heart is happy! Hopefully the lesson learned here is that just because you CAN do something to someone doesn’t mean you SHOULD.

I never imagined myself being arrested or being locked in ankle shackles, but I cannot think of a better reason to be put in them than being the mother my boys NEED me to be! I wonder how the powers that be that were involved in this would feel seeing their wives, mothers, daughters, or sisters in shackles? Maybe they should think it over…

h/t: EAG News

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WATCH What Happens When This 7-Year-Old’s Backpack Gets Caught In Bus Door

A 7-year-old Kentucky girl is recovering after she was dragged by a school bus Friday.

WLKY reported that Ally Rednour of Louisville got her backpack stuck in the bus as she was leaving school. The female bus driver stopped to let Rednour off at her babysitter’s house and closed the door on her backpack, according to Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

The elementary school student was dragged more than 2,000 feet, according to her mother, Amy. The bus was stopped only when a car sped up to notify the driver.

You can watch the incident in the video above.

Rednour was taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital, treated, and later released. Her mother said she is resting at home and recovering.

The Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) system said the driver has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of an investigation. An accident report says the driver’s inattention was a factor in the accident. JCPS released this statement:

We are very grateful that our student is on the road to full recovery, and we are deeply disturbed by this incident. Immediately after the accident, we began an investigation into how and why this happened.

This investigation is currently ongoing, and we will be working with all of our bus drivers to review the policies designed to ensure the safety and security of our students, which is our number one priority at all times.

Counselors were available to students Monday at Wilkerson Elementary, where Ally attends school.

h/t: CBS News

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What This Elementary School Just Did Terrified Unsuspecting Students…’Am I Going To Die?’

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It was a day like any other at East Side Elementary School in Worland, Wy. — carefree youngsters were playing outside enjoying recess activities, unaware of what was about to happen that could leave a frightening, lifelong impression.

Located in beautiful northwestern Wyoming alongside the Big Horn River, Worland is a city of some 5,500 whose website proudly proclaims: “A great city to raise a family, Worland offers excitement for everyone.” But around 10am on this particular morning, the kind of “excitement” that sent first-through-fifth-grade students screaming, crying, and running in panic was no doubt not the sort of family benefit that Worland officials had hoped to highlight.

According to the Casper Star-Tribune, a safety drill to prepare the elementary school students on how to react to a threatening stranger in their midst went terribly wrong, at least in the opinion of many terrified students and their angry parents. Though the school’s gym teacher monitoring playground activity apparently knew the incident was just a drill, the unsuspecting kids didn’t. One was so terrified that, according to the newspaper article, she suffered “the scare of her life,” wondering, “Am I going to die?”

Before the panicked students began to congregate in the back of the playground after the gym teacher shouted, “Run, run!” and started to blow his warning whistle, here’s how the drill reportedly developed last week at East Side Elementary:

A man in a hooded sweatshirt with a suspicious backpack appeared in the back of the playground. The hood was pulled over his head.

The school’s gym teacher, Kevin Heyer, approached the man, tapped him on the shoulder and asked his name.

Heyer said the man took off running.

At that point, Heyer…began blowing his whistle. “Run! Run!” he said he shouted to the kids, pointing to the back field, opposite of the supposed intruder.

So, did the school plan and conduct the drill on its own? Reportedly, no. The Star-Tribune article notes that the exercise and lockdown procedure was conducted with the cooperation of local law enforcement. Despite the fear and trauma experienced by the youngsters, the county sheriff told reporters that the drill was a success.

Washakie County Sheriff Steve Rakness, who led the training, told the local newspaper Friday that the training was a success.

“We identified some things we need to work on, but otherwise no problems whatsoever,” the Northern Wyoming Daily News reported Rakness saying. “I think they know what they need to do,” he added.

A number of parents, though, disagreed with the sheriff’s assessment. One parent, Amy Munoz, whose daughter Kaydence told her mom that she thought some kids were yelling that the supposed intruder had a gun, told the paper:

“They took it to an extreme not to discuss this with parents and the community beforehand,” she said. “It’s a slap in the face.”

The school’s principal defended the exercise, noting that parents had been notified in an email that such a drill would be conducted.

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Community Rallies Behind Student Told His American Flag Was Offensive

When South Carolina teen Peyton Robinson drove his pickup truck – decked out with an American flag waving from its bed – to York Comprehensive High School earlier this week, the response sparked a controversy that pitted the school against numerous local veterans and patriots.

The high school senior explained that he was confronted in the parking lot after school that day by an administrator who informed him that the flag pole had been dismantled and the banner placed inside the truck bed.

“He said, ‘We’re having some issues. Some people were complaining about the flags in your truck possibly offend them,’” he said of the encounter. “He asked me to take it down.”

In addition to the American flag, Robinson also displayed a POW-MIA flag. The incident had a visceral effect on the 18-year-old.

“I was pretty mad,” Robinson admitted. “I don’t see how it’s a problem. Nobody has ever complained about it before.”

After complaining about the treatment on Facebook, he soon learned that he was not alone in his outrage. The following morning, demonstrators arrived at the school, proudly displaying U.S. flags and protesting the decision to ban them from student vehicles.

“I’m really surprised all these people showed up,” he concluded, “and I’m really appreciative of all the support from everybody. I had no idea it would get this big.”

In response to the activism, the school district released a statement and announced an updated flag policy.

“School officials have reviewed the standing policy regarding flags,” the statement revealed, “and have decided that an exception will be made for the American flag, as long as the size of the flag(s) does not create a driving hazard.”

The district’s statement continued to describe the outpouring of support for Robinson and the flag as “a great example of peaceful demonstration leading to positive change.”

Should students have the freedom to display the American flag on school property? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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