- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 8, 2016

An Illinois high school teacher has reportedly been “disciplined” after trying to force a student to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Shemar Cooper, a sophomore at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, was recently sent to the principal’s office by his Spanish teacher after he chose to sit down during the pledge, his mother, Kelly Porter, told a local CBS News affiliate.

Ms. Porter said the teacher reprimanded her son on three separate occasions for sitting during the pledge. On one occasion, the teacher tried to pull the boy out of his chair, Ms. Porter said.

Michael Stillman, an attorney for Community High School District 218, said the teacher was disciplined, but he wouldn’t say to what extent. He did say her behavior did not rise to the level of termination, CBS reported Thursday.

Ms. Porter, who initially wanted the teacher arrested, said the teacher had been suspended.

“I am very happy with the outcome, and what this tells me is my son’s First Amendment right was definitely violated,” she said. “I’m grateful that the teacher was reprimanded, suspended, because it sends a message to other schools that you cannot violate children’s First Amendment right and get away with it.”

According to Ms. Porter, her 15-year-old son said “America sucks,” after refusing orders to stand up, which she admitted “was a little disrespectful.” She brought her son to the school to apologize for what he said, but she said she still stands behind her son’s decision to protest.

“He sees the news, he sees what’s going on with black kids,” she said. “I’m so proud of this little boy that I’ve raised, and I’m so proud of who I’ve raised him to be; to stand up for what you believe in, and in this case, to sit down.”

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