In wake of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest movement, a Farmington Hills, Michigan sixth-grade student was allegedly dragged forcefully out of his seat after refusing to stand for the pledge of allegiance on Thursday, Sept. 7.
East Middle School student Stone Chaney told local news outlet ClickOnDetroit that he was pulled from his desk by his teacher consultant and made to stand for the pledge despite refusing to do so.
“The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently,” Stone told the news site. “I was so confused. I didn’t know what was going on.”
Stone was not removed from the chair by a teacher but by a person who supposedly teaches students how to manage their classrooms. Unfortunately, that was not the only time. Another teacher ridiculed and yelled at him for freely deciding to sit during the pledge the following day.
But he did not let that deter him.
“I don’t stand because I don’t pledge to a flag,” the student explained. “I pledge to God and family.”
The superintendent of Farmington Public Schools released the following statement:
"The District fully supports the right of each student to participate or not in the daily Pledge. The teacher allegedly involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave. At this time, the District cannot speculate about the outcome of the pending investigation."
Stone's father, Brian Chaney, confronted members of the school district at their most recent school board meeting telling officials his son has every right to sit out the pledge.
"It's his choice to sit," Chaney said. "I don't make him sit. And they should respect that."
The recent incidents have made Chaney and his son consider leaving the district as the family explores possible legal options.