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

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.

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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.

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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.

MARTINSVILLE — A report of a teacher allegedly stepping on a U.S. flag prompted several community members to hold a demonstration in support of honoring the flag Tuesday afternoon in front of the Martinsville Junior-Senior High School building.

A Martinsville school district press release reported that Superintendent Jill Rogers became aware on Friday of an incident in which a teacher was alleged to have stepped on a U.S. flag earlier that day in a classroom at the high school.

The district reported that Rogers placed the teacher on leave Monday morning pending an investigation into the incident. The teacher will remain on leave for the remainder of the school year so that the district may investigate the incident and determine steps to move forward.

According to the press release, the investigation is ongoing and the district does not expect to take any action with respect to this incident until the investigation is completed. The school board does not anticipate taking action on this matter until its June meeting.

The district reported it recognizes that the community is upset about this situation and is seeking answers. The board and the administration respect the community’s right to express their objection to this teacher’s behavior, the press release stated.

“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,” the district reported.

“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.”

Gina Gibson of Martinsville said the peaceful demonstration Tuesday afternoon began when her father, U.S. Navy veteran Cliff Clouser, heard about the flag incident at the school and decided to stand along the school grounds with his U.S. flag. She said he was soon joined by her and several other community members, including students at the end of the school day.

Clouser and others plan to continue demonstrating throughout Wednesday. Gibson said the demonstration is a way to show support for the flag, as well as their community and country.

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.

The teacher subsequently quarreled with students in this class period who spoke out against the actions they had witnessed and with students in the next class period who had heard about these actions, she said.

Gibson said her son, Seth, and another student in the next class period protested by placing their heads on their desks and refusing to look up at the teacher. She said the teacher angrily touched her son’s shoulders to try to get him to look up and then sent him to the school office under the threat of detention.

“This is a situation in which I am proud of our students. Our students are standing up for our nation,” Gibson said.

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