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11-Year-Old Says Teacher Yanked Him Out Of His Chair During Pledge Of Allegiance

Stone Chaney, an 11-year-old boy said he was pulled out of his chair during the Pledge of Allegiance. He was doing his homework at his desk when his sixth-grade teacher yanked him up. Stone had this to say:

"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."


Chaney, who has not participated in saying the pledge since the second grade, added that he makes a pledge to God and family but not a flag. 

The Superintendent of East Middle School, where Chaney attends, George Heitsch said, that one teacher has been suspended and another placed on leave while the investigation continues. Heitsch went on to add that students deserve, "to be treated with dignity and respect." 

The younger Chaney has the full support of his father, Brian Chaney, who said:

"I'm looking at my son as a hero. He believes in what he believes in. He's not worried about what other people think of him." 

This user pointed out that West Virginia State Board of Education vs. Barnette ruled that the Free Speech Clause in the 1st Amendment protected students from being forced to salute the American flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance .

H/P: The Root, Time