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North Carolina school board backs suspension for teacher who stepped on the flag

school-busespng-91b35e2c325e0b5bHere’s a bizarre and fascinating case out of North Carolina.

A Fayetteville-area teacher making a point about the First Amendment will remain on suspension, WRAL reported Thursday.

The suspension stems from a lesson in which the Cumberland County high school teacher attempted to make a point about protected speech. It has not gone over well in the district.

From WRAL:

A North Carolina school board has upheld the 10-day suspension of a high school teacher who stepped on the American flag during a First Amendment lesson.

The Cumberland County Board of Education voted 5-2 Wednesday to support Superintendent Frank Till’s decision. Board members considered Lee Francis’ appeal for more than eight hours behind closed doors.

Whether Lee returns to his job teaching history at Massey Hill Classical High School rests with Till.

Lee has been working in the district office since Till recommended the unpaid suspension in September.

He says he was teaching about a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that flag desecration is protected speech. Francis says he stepped on the flag several times with his right foot.

And while President-elect Trump has already weighed in on the subject of flag desecration, it’s a fresh primer on the difference between free speech in and out of the workplace.

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