A substitute teacher has been fired for thanking students who stood for the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of class. One of the students who did not stand complained to a counselor and the teacher, Jim Furkin, was fired from the district. He had not commented on the students who did not stand, so I’m guessing the complaining student must have wanted a participation trophy, just like the one Hillary got for the 2008 and the 2016 presidential races. These schools and their officials are getting way out of hand.
Let me share a story of my own experience. My son was attending the elementary school in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. My wife and I were called into school and was told that my seven-year-old son was showing violent tendencies. I asked what he was doing that seemed so violent. They told me he was throwing rocks. Not at other students, but at a tree. How unusual for a seven-year-old boy to throw rocks at trees. That was nearly 20 years ago, and schools have been going downhill ever since.
A Missouri substitute teacher is seeking answers after claiming he was banned because he thanked students for saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jim Furkin worked as a sub for ten years in St. Louis County’s Parkway School District and worked for five years as a sub at Parkway South High School.
Furkin told the school board Thursday that he was subbing in a freshman English class at South High in October. During the pledge, most, but not all, students stood.
Furkin says he thanked those who stood, and then afterward ane student went to a counselor. An administrator told Furkin the student complained he had been “hurt” by Furkin’s comment.
Furkin told News 4 he did not understand why his comments cost him his substitute teaching position at South High.
“I’m thanking the kids who participates in it,” said Furkin, “But obviously in every single classroom you’re going to have a few that sit and that’s their right, I respect that.”
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