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A Michigan teacher allegedly assaulted a student for not standing during the Pledge of Allegiance


A middle school student in Michigan says his teacher assaulted him when he sat during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Stone Chaney, a sixth grader at East Middle School in Farmington Hills, Michigan, told the Detroit Free Press that he's sat during the morning ritual since he was in second grade.

But that all changed on Sept. 7 when Stone says he was "violently" snatched out of his chair by one of his teachers.

"I was confused when it happened because I didn't know what was going on," Stone told the Detroit Free Press. "And then I was irritated because that's not supposed to happen."

The following day, Stone said another teacher was in his homeroom class and began yelling at him when she saw him doing his homework during the Pledge of Allegiance.

George Heitsch, superintendent of Farmington Public Schools, told the Detroit Free Press that one of the teachers in question was placed on administrative leave until an investigation is completed. He did not, however, specify which of the two teachers were placed on leave.

"The district fully supports the right of each student to participate or not in the daily Pledge," Heitsch said.

Stone's father, Brian Chaney, said he's been vocal about the incident because he wants people to know they have rights.

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