North Carolina teacher Lee Francis will continue to work in a warehouse, after the Cumberland County School Board upheld his suspension for stepping on the American Flag during a lesson on the First Amendment.
According to WNCN:
The Cumberland County School Board met Wednesday and decided to uphold the 10-day suspension without pay for Francis.
In an open session segment of the meeting, the board voted and sided with the superintendent with a 5 to 2 vote. Two board members were not present at the meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Frank Till said Francis is still a Cumberland County employee but assigned to a warehouse.
Till will look into the matter after the holidays, he confirmed.
Till said stepping on the American flag is not in the curriculum so Francis should not have done that.
Francis said he feels like he won’t be able to teach again and he will seek other legal remedies.
11/30/16- Roland Martin talks to Lee Francis, the black male teacher in Fayetteville, North Carolina who was suspended for stepping on an American flag during a teaching of the First Amendment. The fate of his professional teaching career will be found on today, Wednesday November 30th.
“it was not act of defiance at all. we were teaching about the American Revolution. We were going through each amendment and we get to the part about symbolic speech. I used the flag as a demonstration. It was a couple taps of my foot, I don’t deny that I stepped on it, but that was it. I was not in any way influencing them,” Francis said.
Click the link above to hear the entire interview.