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 last week to support Superintendent Frank Till’s decision. Board members considered Lee Francis’ appeal for more than eight hours behind closed doors.
Whether Francis returns to his job teaching history at Massey Hill Classical High School rests with Till.
Francis has been working in the district office since Till recommended the unpaid suspension in September.
He said he was teaching about a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that flag desecration is protected speech. Francis said he stepped on the flag several times with his right foot.
A version of this article appeared in the December 14, 2016 edition of Education Week as N.C. Teacher Suspended for Stepping on Flag in Class