S.C. Teacher Who Stomped On Flag Gets $85,000 Settlement

Flag-Stomping Teacher Gets $85,000 Settlement From School

In America, we have the freedom to desecrate the American flag. And if someone tries to retaliate against us for doing it, we also have the freedom to sue. A South Carolina teacher has made full of use these liberties, walking away with a $85,000 settlement after stomping on an American flag in his classroom.

Scott Compton, an honors English teacher at Chapin High School, sparked a furor last December when giving a lesson on symbols. As Columbia, S.C., station WIS-TV reported at the time, Compton took the American flag down and explained to his students that while the flag was a symbol, the physical flag was simply a piece of fabric. He illustrated his point by stomping on the cloth.

It was an effort to show that America "is greater than the material objects that represent it," Compton's attorney, Darryl Smalls, told a local newspaper, The State.

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But that's not how the school board saw it. School district officials placed Compton on administrative leave with pay, and after an investigation, the district recommended that he be fired after seven years at the school. Compton appealed, and then resigned in March.

But Compton didn't go away quietly. According to documents obtained by The State under the Freedom of Information Act, School District 5 of Lexington-Richland counties paid Compton $85,000 to stop him from pursuing a lawsuit, in addition to $31,500 in attorney's fees. And that's in addition to Compton's regular salary, which he will continue to receive through June 7.

"Prior to his resignation, attorneys for Mr. Compton informed district attorneys that he had prepared a complaint for filing in federal court," district spokesman Mark Bounds told The State. "Based on financial considerations related to anticipated legal fees to defend such a suit, the insurer made the decision to make a monetary (offer) to Mr. Compton. He accepted the offer."

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Another teacher recently came under fire for an unorthodox lesson on symbols. Florida Atlantic University instructor Deandre Poole was placed on administrative leave in March after a lesson in which he instructed students to write "Jesus" on a piece of paper, and then stomp on it.

Poole claimed that the exercise was meant to show the power of words, but not everyone saw it as so innocent. Poole received death threats and a personal rebuke from Gov. Rick Scott. In response, some students rallied to Poole's defense, and a faculty committee determined that the university's decision to ban the lesson compromised academic freedom.

While these teachers may be out of jobs for now, their lessons were effective in showing that symbols can clearly be powerful things.

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What these teachers should have done is bring an 8 x 10 picture of their Mothers and have the kids stomp, pee and defecate on that!! Wonder if these teachers would still feel the same. Point would have been made without disrespecting our flag and country or the Christian religion!

September 16 2013 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One teacher seems to be an atheist and the other hates our country. They went WAAAYY to far to make their stupid sick point which became pointless to many! WHY use religion and our flag to make such a stupid point. They could have used thousands of other "things" to show their point. WHY those names!!

September 16 2013 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why don't these teachers try doing that to a Quran and make a movie showing them doing it. Bet they would be dead within a week by Muslims!! No matter what these idiot teachers think, certain symbolic "things" are very meaningful to many people! I am NOT very religious BUT by stomping on the name of Jesus even gives me a bad feeling inside. Why desecrate our flag which stands for this country. It is like that they are stamping on this country and desecrating it like they do not care for it! Meanings for certain "things" are very important to many people and just should NOT be done!! Whatever these very stupid teachers tried to show, it could have been done with much less important things! Why not stamp on a picture of a tomato and show the difference of a real tomato . It would get the point across!

September 16 2013 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am a teacher. There are many ways to illustrate a point without stomping on our flag, which men and women have died defending and writing Jesus' name on a piece of paper and stomping on it. This reeks of academic license that has crossed the line.

July 24 2013 at 11:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

only in sc please dont come to this state its not a good place to live please

July 24 2013 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

keep that trash away from children.

July 24 2013 at 7:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What is wrong with this guy, he is supposed to be a role mdel to his class. Hopefully, no other ditrict will hire this guy. What a slime ball!!! Many,Many people who served in the US SERVICES died defending our flag, where is this guy coming from??? What a great example to the kids !!

May 09 2013 at 9:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

You idiots! He made it clear that he wasn't intending to disrespect the country but rather the material itself--which indeed was very likely made in China. If you follow this up logically a badly done picture of the flag made by some little kid should be respected (by everyone) the same as any other US Flag and never be dropped on the floor or burned, or crossed out with his crayon, etc. If that was done I suppose he should be expelled from school. Remind you of Nazi Germany? How about the days when you could be put on the rack if you dared question the Pope? There is not enough room here to get into an academic discussion that would convince those who are frightened by things they can't or don't want to understand and have an agenda of their own. These are the same people who are frightened by the simple fact that the President is black AND intelligent--never mind what politics he espouses. Thank God there are those who were not impressed by the knee-jerk reaction of that SC school board and awarded the teacher what he was due.

May 09 2013 at 9:23 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to luvprr's comment

The U.S. Census Bureau put out some alarming statistics recently, giving the impression that many American flags fluttering over July Fourth celebrations this week were stitched together in low-cost Chinese factories.

Using data from its Foreign Trade Division, the bureau reported that $3.6 million worth of American flags were imported into the U.S. last year. “The vast majority of this amount ($3.3 million) was for U.S. flags made in China,” the bureau reported.

May 09 2013 at 7:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to BillR's comment

All those imported flags, give thanks to our ''leaders'' in DC for that.
Agreed, I would think our flag should definitely be American made, sadly shocking that it is not.
When I see our flag, no matter where it is made, reminds me of our beloved soldiers who gave and give up so much to keep us safe and content. And of our ancestors who came here to build a new country of freedom.
To most of us it is not the material but what our country means to us. When you disrespect our flag you are showing disrespect to all those who lost their lives for us.

Respect us.....RESPECT OUR FLAG !

July 24 2013 at 10:23 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I live in SC - give me this scum's adress and I will go "stomping" on his ass

May 09 2013 at 7:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to skippy4178's comment

OOOOooooo. You be bad. The flag was probably made in China.

May 09 2013 at 7:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Just what we need, another tuff guy who will save us all from those bad flag stompers. A true American hero . Go get em Skippy!! LOL

July 24 2013 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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