Scott Compton was an English teacher at Chapin High School in Chapin, South Carolina. He is also known for being an outspoken liberal and has been warned about keeping his political views out of the classroom.
However, last December, Compton let his liberalism loose in three of his classes when he took the American flag down and stomped on it in front of his students. He told them that it’s just a piece of cloth and that it doesn’t mean anything. A number of parents were upset when they heard what happened and they in turn launched complaints with the school.
When school administrators learned of the classroom displays, they immediately placed Compton on long-term suspension and launched an investigation. A substitute teacher was brought in to replace Compton in his classes for the remainder of the school year.
Since then, it seems that Compton hired an attorney and threatened to launch a legal challenge to his suspension. His threat evidently sparked fear and weakness in the backbones of the school district as they have rushed in to placate Compton’s threat.
From what I have been able to glean from various reports, the school district and Compton have come to an agreement out of court to settle the matter. The school board will pay Compton the remainder of this salary through June 7 (somewhere between $21,000 and $30,000) along with an $85,000 settlement sum. In addition, the school district will pay Compton’s attorney fees which are more than $31,500. In return, Compton will drop his legal case and walk away from his current teaching job.
Oh yeah, let’s not forget that the school district also said that they would not contest an attempt by Compton to draw unemployment.
So let me sum this up. A teacher disgraced and defiled the American flag by throwing it on ground and stomping on it in class. The school district rightly suspended him for doing so. He then threatens to sue on what grounds I haven’t a clue, so the district settles with him out of court by paying him the rest of his yearly salary, $85,000 and his attorney fees, plus they will allow him to collect unemployment.
I hope I’m not the only person here that has a problem with this. At one time, it would have been a violation of the United States Code, but in 1989, a liberal Supreme Court overturned that section of the code to allow for people to desecrate and defile the American flag. Millions of Americans have died or been seriously wounded defending the American flag and for any teacher in a public school to treat it as Compton did should be fired. I wouldn’t want them teaching my kids, would you?