Farmington Schools teacher on leave after alleged assault

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A Farmington Public Schools middle school teacher has been placed on leave after allegedly assaulting a 6th-grade student who refused to stand for the National Anthem.

Brian Chaney told district officials Tuesday that his family made the decision to not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, a practice he has maintained for more than 20 years. He said that when his son, Stone, made the same decision last week, two East Middle School teachers called him out.

“(On) Thursday my son was violently snatched out of his chair and made to stand for the National Anthem,” Chaney said. He told officials that another teacher “berated” his son on Friday for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.

(Editor’s note: Mr. Chaney’s board meeting comments referred to the National Anthem. Later news reports indicated that the issue in both incidents was his son’s refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.)

Chaney said he and his wife spoke to school administrators, but did not feel their concerns were taken seriously.

“We are very disappointed that when we dropped our son off at East Middle School… we thought our son would be in nurturing hands,” he said. “What we see on TV, what’s going on in America, it just came to my living room.”

While school board members typically do not respond to public comments, trustee Terri Weems was upset enough to break that rule.

“I am so disappointed and so deeply saddened to hear from you, that I felt it was necessary to share that with you publicly,” she said, noting she would connect with Chaney after the meeting.

WDIV-TV reported Thursday that one of the teachers was placed on administrative leave: Farmington Hills teacher accused of assaulting 6th-grader who sat during Pledge of Allegiance

Watch the full school board meeting on TV-10: https://tv10.viebit.com.

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