A Detroit-area teacher is on leave after an 11-year-old boy said he was physically pushed out of his chair during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Stone Chaney, a sixth-grader in the Farmington district, said he makes a pledge to God and family and not to a flag. Chaney said that he has skipped participation since second grade.
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He said he was doing homework during the pledge on Sept. 7 when a teacher at East Middle School “snatched” him out of his chair.
"A teacher just comes up, puts her arms under my armpits and snatches me out of my chair. I say I don't stand for the pledge, she just glares at me and walks away," Stone said. "I just feel like my rights were violated. And she was the teacher consultant; the person who teaches other people not to put their hands on students. So who knows what other teachers she's taught her way of thinking."
“I told the lady that I don’t stand for the pledge and she just kind of glared at me. ... I was confused when it happened because I didn’t know what was going on. And then I was irritated because that’s not supposed to happen,” Stone said.
"God said don't worship anything other than me, don't worship any idols, and pledging to a flag would kind of be like worshiping it," Stone told Fox 2 Detroit. "It's not if I have a reason or not, it's my right."
Chaney said another teacher the next day yelled at him to stand up and participate.
Superintendent George Heitsch said one of the teachers has been placed on leave while the district investigates. He said students have the right to skip the Pledge of Allegiance.
Phillina Mullin, Stone’s mother, said the educator should not have touched Stone.
"One of the main issues we're having a problem with is the fact that an adult felt the need to put their hands on my child,” Mullin told Fox 2 Detroit.
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