NC: Teacher Suspended for Stepping on the Flag While Teaching about First Amendment

Diane Ravitch's blog

I don’t approve of stepping on the flag or burning it, but my understanding is that the Supreme Court ruled that burning the flag is a form of speech and is protected under the First Amendment. There are many things and many kinds of speech I don’t like, but the First Amendment protects the speech I don’t like, even the speech I hate.

A history teacher in North Carolina tried to illustrate his lesson on the First Amendment by stepping on the flag, and he was suspended without pay.

Ironic to be teaching the lesson, then suspended because you thought that the Supreme Court ruling was in force.

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