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School moves to fire S.C. teacher who stomped on U.S. flag

- - Friday, January 11, 2013

The South Carolina teacher who caused a national stir by stomping on an American flag during a controversial classroom demonstration is being recommended for the unemployment line.

Superintendent Stephen Hafter will make a recommendation Monday to the school board to fire Chapin High School teacher Scott Compton.

Compton was put on administrative leave earlier this week after some upset parents complained he disrespected the flag in front of impressionable high school students. One of the parents, Michael Copeland, said his daughter told him Compton was teaching the class about symbols. He spoke about the cross symbolizing the religion of Christianity.

"Then he proceeds to take down the American flag," Copeland explained. "And said, 'This is a symbol, but it's only a piece of cloth. It doesn't mean anything,' and then he throws it down on the floor and then stomps on it, repeatedly."

Compton repeated the lesson in three classes that day, prompting a full investigation.

"We tell our teachers that their personal opinion is their personal opinion and shouldn't be brought into the classroom," said district spokesperson Mark Bounds.

Compton's attorney, Darryl D. Smalls, wrote in a release to WIS-TV that Compton meant no intentional disrespect to the flag or "those men and women who served our country or to America itself," adding that several of the teacher's family members served in the military.

Compton has been teaching at Chapin High School for seven years.