A black sixth grader in Michigan said he was “violently” assaulted by his teacher when he chose not to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Stoney Chaney, a student at East Middle School in Farmington Hills, MI, had just started his first week at the school when he exercised his rights to free speech by not pledging allegiance to the flag. Chaney said that instead of pledging to the flag, he pledges to “God and family.”
His homeroom teacher, however, took issue with this and tried to force Chaney to stand, allegedly dragging the student out of his seat on September 7.
“The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently,” Stone said to reporters. “I was so confused. I didn’t know what was going on.”
The district superintendent acknowledged that the incident does not follow school policy allowing students or not, and said the incident is being investigated. The teacher was placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing.
“The District fully supports the right of each student to participate or not in the daily Pledge,” the statement from the superintendent read. “The teacher allegedly involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave. At this time, the District cannot speculate about the outcome of the pending investigation.”
Based on the ClickOnDetroit interview, Chaney has not yet returned to the school and his family is looking to leave the district.
As The Root noted, Chaney calls the teacher a “teacher consultant,” which appears to mean that that person trains other faculty members.
Well-known black figures, like Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players, have come under fire in the media for choosing not to stand during the national anthem in protest of police brutality towards the black community.
Watch local news station WDIV 4’s coverage of the incident below: