published Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Lesson flap: Teacher accused of stomping on flag

CHAPIN, S.C. — An English teacher at a South Carolina high school is facing disciplinary action after officials say he stomped on an American flag in front of his students in a bid to spur discussion.

Authorities say Scott Compton is accused of taking an American flag down from the wall and stamping on it during three of his classes last month at Chapin High School as part of a lesson.

Attorney Darryl Smalls said Compton, who is on paid leave, was trying to generate discussion by using a powerful symbol his students were familiar with.

A local school superintendent has recommended that Compton be fired. The matter goes before a school board Monday.

Compton, an honors English teacher, has taught at the high school for seven years.

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