FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ) – A Farmington Public Schools teacher is on leave after apparently trying to force a student to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The alleged incident happened last week at East Middle School, along Middle Belt Road between 10 Mile and 11 Mile roads.

Brian Chaney told reporters that his son was violently snatched out of his chair and berated after refusing to stand for the Pledge.

Chaney says he hasn’t stood for the Pledge or National Anthem for more than 20 years, and his son made the same decision while at school. When the boy refused to stand for the Pledge last Thursday, Chaney claims he was snatched out of his chair by a teacher and forced to stand. The following day, a different teacher allegedly berated him for the incident.

Chaney and his wife brought their concerns to the school board, but told reporters they didn’t think their concerns were being taken seriously.

“We are very disappointed that when we dropped our son off at East Middle School… we thought our son would be in nurturing hands,” Chaney told The Farmington Voice. “What we see on TV, what’s going on in America, it just came to my living room.”

The unnamed teacher has since been placed on administrative leave as officials investigate the incident.

“The District fully supports the right of each student to participate or not in the daily Pledge,” George Heitch, Farmington Public Schools Superintendent, said in a statement. “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.”

An investigation is ongoing.

Comments (3)
  1. You sir, are an idiot!! Left, right or middle of the road, Politics has nothing to do with this!!! NO adult, especially a teacher, has the right to put hands on a child or student because said child is not doing as they ask!! There are remedies for behavior that is not acceptable!! What that teacher did was unacceptable!!

  2. Exactly Esther. You may think the boy is in the wrong (if you actually look at his reasons, he isn’t protesting police brutality or anything like that, but only pledges his heart to God), but that gives no adult the right to assault him. Parents aren’t even allowed to spank their children anymore as punishment. But now you are okay with a public school teacher assaulting a child (i.e. the government forcing someone to do something). I don’t recognize my fellow Conservatives and/or Libertarians.

  3. this is as local as local gets. hopefully this family she’s this response. this is utterly one of the most disgusting news stories I’ve ever seen. for being a 6th grader and refusing to stand for the pledge, you are disgraceful and trying to be problematic. this is american culture, tradition, and values. it doesn’t matter if you believe in a purple god, your mom as your god, a higher power or whatever the heck you pray or believe in, again this something that shows you are proud to be an american. if you need to sit there because you are lazy, tired, or just trying to cause a problem then move the heck out of this county. there are plenty that would like to have your spot. its quite obvious that this kid has been rehearsed on what to say. how disgusting. i doubt this teacher forced him from his seat and or hurt him at all. next up, how much are they suing for ???? all to make a quick buck. some morals those parents have

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