Chapin High Teacher Scott Compton to Resign After Flag-stomping Incident

Scott Compton, a teacher who was place on paid leave after Lexington-Richland 5 officials learned he stomped on the American flag, said he will resign at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

The Chapin High School teacher who was placed on paid adiministrative leave after he stomped on the American flag during a classroom lesson in December has decided to resign. 

Scott Compton, an English teacher, and Lexington-Richland 5 jointly issued the following statement Friday afternoon:


For personal and family reasons, Mr. Scott Compton has decided to resign from his position as an English teacher at Chapin High School, effective at the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year. Both Mr. Compton and the District agree that his resignation is in the best interest of everyone who was directly involved in this matter. 

Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner previously recommended that Compton's employment with the district be terminated after the district officials learned he stomped on the flag during three classroom lessions on symbolism.

Compton's attorney, and that Compton was trying to show students that America is an "inspirational idea," greater than the "material objects that represent it."

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jackie March 29, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Who knows what this District is covering up here. I am glad it worked out for the teacher to get paid for the year. The District would have lost another law suit. I am sure this Board will say they don't know what happened. He just resigned.
Robert Kelly April 03, 2013 at 10:55 PM
My sympathies to Compton. Having taught high school for a short part of my career I understand how a sincere teacher really wants to get through to the students, and sometimes you have to really do something that grabs their attention to make a point. Is it better to get rid of teachers who risk something in their attempt to engage their students in critical thinking skills, or is it better to just tool along with the same approach that brought SC to the top of the educational achievement rankings?
Tom Retired Vet April 27, 2013 at 09:42 AM
Compton would make a good teacher in Tehran. They would except an American disrespecting the American Flag. He should look in Al Jazz era want ads section.
Charles Class May 07, 2013 at 02:51 PM
No picture. He must not be white.
Shireese Bell (Editor) May 07, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Charles, your comment makes no sense.


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