September 8, 2016 5:03 pm -

An Illinois high school teacher was disciplined, but not fired, after trying to force a student to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The student’s mother, Kelly Porter, said the teacher was suspended.


“I am very happy with the outcome, and what this tells me is my son’s First Amendment right was definitely violated. I’m grateful that the teacher was reprimanded, suspended, because it sends a message to other schools that you cannot violate children’s First Amendment right and get away with it,” she said.

Her 15-year-old son, Shemar Cooper, chose to sit during the pledge two weeks ago, and his Spanish teacher approached him about it. His mother acknowledged his response was “America sucks,” and she said that “was a little disrespectful,” so she had him apologize for what he said.

However, Porter said the teacher and other staff harassed Shemar about it the next week. She said he was sent to the principal’s office for refusing to stand for the pledge. She said, when the teacher insisted Shemar stand for the pledge last week, she tried to pull him out of his seat, and two days later, he was removed from class and reprimanded.

Last week, Porter said she wanted the teacher arrested, but said she’s happy with the outcome.



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