Teacher who stepped on flag faces 10 days of unpaid leave


FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A North Carolina school district superintendent recommends 10 days of unpaid leave for a high school teacher who stepped on the American flag during a First Amendment lesson.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2ctISlz ) that Massey Hill Classical High teacher Lee Francis received a letter Friday informing him of the superintendent’s recommended punishment.

Cumberland County Superintendent Frank Till says Francis’ actions Monday were “inappropriate in our schools” and violated policy.

Francis has 15 days to request a school board hearing.

Francis says the district’s “kowtowing” to society.

He says he was teaching about a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that flag desecration is protected speech. Francis says he stepped on the flag several times with his right foot.

One of the two students who left the classroom took the flag.

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