SC teacher facing discipline for stomping US flag

CHAPIN, S.C. (AP) - A high school honors English teacher is facing disciplinary action after officials say he stomped on an American flag in front of his students.

Scott Compton is accused of throwing down the American flag and stomping on it in 3 of his classes at Chapin High School in December. Lexington-Richland 5 school spokesman Mark Bounds said Compton took an American flag off the wall and stomped on it in mid-December as part of a lesson.

Superintendent Stephen Hefner has recommended that Compton be fired. The school board will take up the matter on Monday.

Compton is on paid leave. His attorney said the teacher was trying to generate discussion by using a powerful symbol his students were familiar with.

Compton has taught at Chapin for seven years.

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