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Boy assaulted by teacher for sitting during Pledge of Allegiance, Michigan dad says

Posted at 5:47 PM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-15 12:53:05-04

A staff member at a Michigan school is on administrative leave after a student says a teacher assaulted him for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. 

According to Brian Chaney, his 11-year old son Stone Chaney was in homeroom class the first week of school when a teacher snatched him out of his seat and forced him to stand for the Pledge. 

"He said, 'During the Pledge the teacher snatched me out of my chair,'” Brian said. 

Stone is a sixth grader at East Middle School in Farmington Hills, Michigan. 

Stone says he’s been sitting for the pledge since second grade when his father explained why he had the choice. 

His father says there’s never been an issue until now. 

Stone says the next day, another teacher yelled at him for the same thing, asking him if he had permission to sit during the pledge.

"For him to be violently snatched out of his chair by a lady and order him to stand and for her to just glare at him, it's wrong, it's a violation of civil rights," Chaney said.

Farmington Public Schools Superintendent George Heitsch says they’re investigating the allegations.

“We respect the rights of any individual to make personal choices around issues of faith and beliefs. We're disappointed that we're even having the conversation,” Heitsch said. 

One staff member has been placed on administrative leave.