SC Teacher Put On Leave For Stomping On American Flag

CHAPIN HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER SIDELINED IN THE WAKE OF REPEATED “FLAG-STOMPING” INCIDENTS America has devolved over the last dozen years into a welfare statist’s, crony capitalist’s wet dream … and a nightmare for future generations of taxpayers who must ultimately pick up the tab for government’s excess interventionism. Why, then,…


America has devolved over the last dozen years into a welfare statist’s, crony capitalist’s wet dream … and a nightmare for future generations of taxpayers who must ultimately pick up the tab for government’s excess interventionism.

Why, then, would a liberal high school teacher (one drawing a nice government salary with benefits) be moved to stomp on the American flag not once – but several times?

We don’t know, but Chapin (S.C.) High School English teacher Scott Compton allegedly did just that last month – in front of at least three of his classes.  This week, Compton was placed on administrative leave by school officials for his actions.

According to our sources, administrators first learned of the flag-stomping incidents via an email sent from an outraged parent.

“During (Compton’s) lecture, he removes the flag of the United States of America from its mount on the wall,” the email alleges. “He throws the American flag on the floor and proceeds to stomp on the flag of the United States of America. He explains that this flag is only a symbol and his disrespect of it has no consequences. He repeated this action in all three of his English II Honors classes.”

We agree with Compton’s take on symbolism – and we support his First Amendment right to do whatever he wants to an American flag – but such behavior hardly seems appropriate in a school setting.  In a private school?  Whatever … he’s accountable to the marketplace.  But in a public school?

Again … it hardly seems appropriate.

Sources at Chapin High School tell FITS that Compton is a “good teacher” but that he is “very liberal.”

“He wears it on his sleeve in the classroom,” one source said.

Chapin High School is part of Lexington-Richland (S.C.) School District Five, which made waves last October when it attempted to remove the Pledge of Allegiance from its classrooms.


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junior justice December 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

Why did it take so long for this to be reported to school officials?

junior justice December 14, 2012 at 11:36 am

He’s dressed like a Viet Cong. Did one of you guys who was there miss your shot?

The Colonel December 14, 2012 at 11:52 am

The original picture was a “Middle Easterner”/”South West Asian-er” stomping on the flag – Id’ recognize the “haji sandals” anywhere

The Colonel December 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

Why wasn’t this tool teahing English instead of spouting his political dogma?

Don’t fire him for stomping on the flag, fire him for not doing the damn job he was paid to do.

The Colonel December 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

Make that “Why wasn’t this tool teaching instead of…”

junior justice December 14, 2012 at 11:37 am

Make that “FOOL”?

The Colonel December 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

Nah, a “fool” is dumb, a “tool” is stupid.

Being “dumb” implies an innocence of intent, stupid is an intentional state. You can’t fix stupid.

junior justice December 14, 2012 at 11:45 am

– got it

Patrick December 19, 2012 at 11:09 am

He is quite intelligent, and a great English teacher. I had a friend tell me he went through all of high school and never read an entire book at Chapin. He wouldn’t of have passed Mr. Compton’s class. I read real literature like Frankenstein, Gulliver’s Travels, Paradise Lost and Beowulf and I still use the skills he taught me to analyze life’s situations. Read “Beowulf” then “Grendal” or “Paradise Lost” and “Paradise Regained” and it will help a lot of you realize good must have evil in order to exist, even though what is ritous and what is evil is always relative.

Carpe Jugulum December 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

They should have beat the living crap out of him and then fired him. Better yet, let him keep his job but he has to go down to the main entrance to Parris Island and do a little stomping first. Then he can give a proper lecture on consequences. In addition, we could test the theory on “fixing stupid.”

dwb619 December 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm


Phonebooth Bob December 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm

OooRah Carpe Jugulum!

Philip Branton December 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

WOW……this teacher needs to call me. Considering that our state house has done nothing on transparency according to this article and has lied to the very voters and STUDENTS of our great state….WHO should not be STOMPING on the American flag and STATE flag too boot…!!

This teacher should get an award for not just TEACHING students about freedom of speech but also DEMONSTRATING it too..!!

Every student in our entire state should team together and submit a CLASS ACTION Lawsuit on behalf of this grea teacher considering that our state house reps have done nothing towards transparency..!!

How are these hoots in Columbia spending these kid’s parents tax dollars…!!!

This is great ……….we wonder if Wil Folks will do a spread and get some face time with this teacher and HELP form the class action lawsuit students petition…!!!

Lets GO……kids..!!

The theme song will be Chitty chitty Bang Bang……!!!

How would you rewrite the words….??

Billy K Mulligan December 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

In Obama’s Amerika, his majority supports this behavior and the worldview of this “teacher”.

dwb619 December 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm


bogart December 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm


Crooner December 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

If he teaches honors classes, he’s likely a very good teacher. He’s trying to make a difference in peoples’ lives.

Surprised that the teacher is liberal? Most are. They take low paying, often thankless jobs in the hope that they can contribute to society by reaching our children and inspiring them to think for themselves.

Perhaps he should just stick to teaching the book like Ms. Crabapple in “The Simpsons.”

Carpe Jugulum December 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm

We can accept liberal, but we don’t have to put up with disrespectful. This was not the actions of a “very good teacher.”

scsince60 December 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

That’s exactly what he should do.

The Colonel December 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Spring Valley High had a “Honors/AP” (Dr. Whittle) English teacher who inspired his students to achieve excellence and I’m fairly sure he never stepped on a flag – quite a few toes, but never a flag.

I spend a lot of time in high schools, I get to see a lot of teachers in action – there is a better way to “inspire children” than by stomping on the American Flag. Perhaps he could have illustrated his point (giving him the benefit of the doubt here that he had one) with the innumerable pictures of folks around the world trampling on the American flag.

My personal favorite picture of “flag tramplers” can be found here: no www, just http//

Imbalanced 4 Sho December 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

This type of non-violent reasonable thought is not tolerated here. we obviously have all of the facts we need from reading this single article. Keep your pinko-commie ‘understanding’ to yourself.

Roscoe December 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

Who ask them to take these jobs. He applied for it. We go to work for the government with an agenda and wanting everything our way and then raise hell if we do not get it. Wake up!

Philip Branton December 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Can anyone else do better lyrics than this….

…lets have a contest right here on FITSNEWS..for the kids sake…

Teacher Flag Thang Teacher Teacher Flag Thang
Teacher Flag Thang Teacher Teacher Flag Thang
Teacher Flag Thang Teacher Teacher Flag Thang
Oh you pretty Teacher Flag Thang
Teacher Teacher Flag Thang
We love you,
And our pretty Teacher Flag Thang
Teacher Teacher Flag Thang loves us too.
High low anywhere we go
On Teacher Teacher we depend.
Flag Thang Teacher Teacher Flag Thang
Our fine flag stompin friend.
Flag Thang Teacher Teacher Flag Thang
Our fine flag stompin friend.
You’re sleek as a teachin’ thoroughbred.
Your classroom seats are a feather bed.
You’ll turn every student’s head today.
We’ll glide on our youtube trip
With pride in our FITSNEWS Readership
The pride of all we survey.
Oh Teacher, you Teacher
Pretty Teacher Flag Thang
Teacher Teacher Flag Thang
We love you.
And Teacher our Teacher
Pretty Teacher Flag Thang
Teacher Teacher Flag Thang loves us too.
High Teacher low Teacher any courtroom we go
On Teacher Teacher we depend.
Flag Thang Teacher Teacher Flag Thang
Our fine flag stompin’ friend.
Flag Thang Teacher Teacher Flag Thang
Our fine flag stompin friend…(hold)
Teacher Teacher Flag Thang
Teacher Teacher Flag Thang
Fine statehouse stompin’ Teacher Teacher friend

@BozMartin December 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

CVS called and left you a message, Phil. Wondering why you have not gotten your refill from two weeks ago.

One of the voices in my head is psychic and told me that.

Arigato December 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

You have gone nuts. What a wacko.

james the foot soldier December 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Teachers are in “thankless low paying” jobs?



Their total compensation for 8 months of work is far above many other “thankless” jobs that require a full year’s work.

Lex/Rich$5 is stocked full of LIBTARD educrats, this moron is just the tip of the iceberg.

hhuuhh?? December 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm

The State had a piece 5 or 6 years ago that found that based on a calculated hourly rate of pay teachers are the third highest paid group in the state behind doctors and lawyers. Don’t know if they included college teachers in that group.
It appears that when teachers think of how much they earn, they forget to consider how many more days a year that everyone else, but Congressmen, work than they do.

notagain December 15, 2012 at 7:25 am

Soo…Why don’t you get one of them thar teaching jobs?

1 December 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I don’t suppose he is “man” enough to burn a koran in front of his students to “illustrate” his “symbolism” point?

wayne32308 January 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm

He doesn’t have the guts to do that as it would not fit into the PC mold of liberals.

Why would we have someone on the public payroll who is allowed to put forth his views on politics…. What sort of impressions does this leave with his students and how will they act if a teacher shows such disrespet towards our national symbol. Obviously he is not a veteran. Why couldn’t he use another example of whatever point he was trying to make vice using the American flag???

An example of why our country’s values are at an all time low.

70 year old vet

MJ December 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

That is one of a very few reasons that I will go completely ballistic about if I see it.

mr. twister December 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm

the spanish teacher at Nursery Road Elementary makes the kids sing pro Obama songs everyday. can’t district 5 teachers keep politics out of the classroom?

Ryan December 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Are you kidding. Lexington Richland 5 is all about politics. Ed White runs on a platform that says service without politics but the District is all about politics. The District is largely run by Gantt and Ed White’s wife. The rest just go along with it all.The ones who try to complain are hushed up.

mr. twister December 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I’m not kidding. I was quite disturbed when my kids came home and told me this. All year so far..even after the re election

junior justice December 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm

to carpe at 12pm: Better than that, let him do it at a graduation ceremony. Those grads could be ready for some OJT.

? December 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm

The irony of him stomping on the flag of a country that is subsidizing his pay is pretty rich.

Somehow I’ll bet he didn’t bring that issue up in his English class…lol

If he was making a point about symbol worship in literature, great….somehow I doubt that was the case.

I think he was simply projecting, which makes him a large hypocrite-in which case he should immediately seek work in a private school to remedy the situation.

Atlas Shrugs A Lot! December 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm


You need to check where a lot of these so called “libertarians” work.

A few years ago one of the Libertarian Party candidates for Congress in SC was retired from the Army Corps of Engineers and

A State Libertarian Party Officials wife was a teacher Iin a public school.The official had an explanation though

She could make more money there than in a private school and, as good capitalists,they went where the money was!

Made a little sense actually.

? December 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Such is the twisted orthodoxy of *libertarianism* at times.

Personally I have always counted such people as hypocrites…but as someone defended Kirkman once on this board mentioned, it is tough to gauge at times because if you want to farm corn you do not have much of a choice in trying to do it for a living but to take govt subsidies.

You could go on and on…..

Someone once told me you can draw the line at participation where violence begins…but the initial act of violence is taking money from people against their will so you are actually supporting that if you choose to do so.

It is all a cluster fuck. Any more I try to give people some benefit of the doubt…for instance if they are collecting subsidies but are willing to vote against said subsidy there is some weird principle to it.

Govt is so intrusive is so many areas of our lives now that it is almost impossible to entirely avoid it…even when making a living.

BigT December 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

What would have happened if the teacher stomped a picture of MLK…???

? December 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

lol….depends on which school district it happens in.

It’s either a beat down or finger wagging.

Charlie Cat December 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Why are we just now getting this story? A teachers job is to educate our children. Not impose their political views or personal agendas on our youth. An act like this breeds hatred. This story obviously was suppressed. By who? What people fail to realize about our first amendment rights is that your rights end where another persons rights begin. Nothing can warrant taking The American Flag down and stomping it with their feet. A teacher is suppose to be a role model and set an example to each one of their students. This person certainly is in the wrong profession and needs to be removed from teaching. I cannot believe that any parent would want this type of teacher, not educating, but tainting the minds of our youth. Teachers these folks look up to you. Do the right thing and be the role model that all your students will look up to. The administration needs to do their job and dismiss this teacher. To show the students and parents of this district that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. As far as this teacher, if this is truly how you feel about this country , then Delta is ready when you are.

Mandi December 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Best argument so far!

Ryan December 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm

What happens to this teacher in this District depends on who he knows or is friends with. If he has connections with certain Board members in this District this will be swept under the rug. If they don’t know him or like him he will suffer consequences.

hhuuhh?? December 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

It’s a shame when a teacher doesn’t know what’s appropriate in a classroom of minor children…because that’s what high school students are.

Of course, Hot Pants Kelly Payne’s ongoing, long term moral turpitude goes unpunished.

BigT December 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm

With Obama’s election, and re-election, I think a lot of true Americans feel like their country has Stomped on them…

If this is an Obama protest, it cetainly is understandable…but Obama has technically hated America as much as a flag stomper…He did not get fired…

@BozMartin December 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Moral of story: Flag stampers get fired, non-stompers of flags do not. Also, Obama is smart. This guy is an idiot.

You should be congratulating Sic, BigT. He said it was inappropriate. Come on, we can tell, just by the fact that you didn’t blast him, that you really do want to congratulate him for that.

Go ahead. It’ll set your chickens free.

Tnelson December 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Ok hhuuhh?? here it is. My salary as a 5 year teacher with a Master’s degree is $42,270 per year. Divided by 52 weeks, it comes out to a little over 800 per week. Divide that by 40 hours (what I am suppose to work) and it comes out to $20.32 per hour. Oh, I know, I only work 9 months. But you see, I only get paid for 9 months of work. I simply spread my check out over 12 months. And during the 3 months I am “relaxing” I am working at school writing lesson plans, looking over test scores and getting rested up for the next year. By the way, how much do you make?

? December 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I don’t understand why teachers(or cops, or anyone else) that are bitching about their pay don’t just go a get a different job to make more money.

Problem solved, right?

BradWarthenSucks December 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm

So you really get paid $27.00/hr. Just because you defer payment doesn’t mean you earn less per hour. I don’t have a Masters degree and know that.

Does it really take you three months to get “rested up for the next year”? You poor dear.

FYI – If you worked 12 months out of a year instead of 9 you’d make an extra $14,000 per year.

head start December 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

hope you are not a math teacher 180 days = 36 weeks = 1174.16 per week or 40 hours = 29.35 per hour not to include sick leave or time off have a great day

Ryan December 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

If you were Lee Bollman, a Science teacher at the same school,Chapin, you would be making $72,000 a year. Of course you would have to be a member of the “good old boys” club led by Robert Gantt.Wonder what his hourly rate is with summers and other weeks off?

mateo December 15, 2012 at 9:12 am

You get paid for nine months work, which is more than $1,000 dollars per week, regardless of how you spread out the payments. Not to mention all the benefits, including healthcare, retirement, paid holidays and vactions, etc. Sounds good considering you’re failing our kids by any objective measurement. What more do you want, your highness?

Tnelson December 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Not bitching. Just saying. I knew what I was doing and what I would get paid. My job is about so much more than money. I do teach at night in Adult Ed to help supplement my income and I don’t complain, but don’t make me sound like I am living on a Doctor’s or Lawyer’s salary. Let’s look at facts rather than rattling off misconceptions.

? December 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Actually, I didn’t say anything about that.

I’m glad you’re happy with your pay, end of story.

I seem to see a lot of cops and teachers always bitching about “low salary” yet at the same time talk about their self-rightous “sacrifice” in the same sentence…like they aren’t choosing their profession and the pay associated with it.

Glad you’re not one of those types.

? December 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

edit: “righteous”

BradWarthenSucks December 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I’m surprised that he got away with this three times without getting his ass stomped by students.

Jessi Waller January 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

You do realize none of those kids care about the american flag, or what it means. They are mad at a bad grade they received because they are procrastinating. They are high school students, do you honestly think they care about anything but their selves?

kc December 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm

It’s funny how you start this piece out by bitching about what America “has become,” and then go one to complain about someone else’s bitching about America has become.

kc December 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Oh, never mind. I should have read the entire post before I started bitching about it . . .

james the foot soldier December 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm



That’s why you only get paid for 8 months of “work”

oh the horror of those 8 months of “working”

Hint: take last year’s lesson plan, make a couple changes based on what didn’t work and woi la, from June 2nd for the rest of the summer it’s POOL TIME!

BigT December 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

You can likely go to jail for stomping a picture of Obama…

Liberals are not anti-moralistic…you just better Worship their gods, and adhere to their “morality” or else….

Hitler was as reveraent as liberals…and both Hitler and the left are jealous gods…

Common Sense December 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

do you ever read what you write you fucking idiot? You have the communication skills and comprehension of a 6 year old. But hey you always have a career as a political fucking stupid you could pick the winner in a one horse race.

BigT December 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

You would not hate me so much, except that I must have GREAT comminication skills…

That said: It is rare that you have to tolerate an open mind like mine, because your Media Gestapo perpertuates only about the Failed propaganda of the America-Hating Left….

james the foot soldier December 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

And now for today’s math lesson:
Libtard Educrat A salary = 42270
ADD:benefits 25%(at least!)= 10568
EQUALS Total compensation = 52838
Divide by 190 Working Days = $278 per day
Times J.T. Working Days = 240
EQUALS Total Annual Comp. = $66,720

* The days JOE TAXPAYER has to work to support Libtard Educrats

Overpaid, underworked, unaccountable, ungrateful, and launder 99.9 % of political contributions (funded 100% by Joe Taxpayer) to democrats.

Yes we can!

dwb619 December 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm

The “benefits” you speak of,i.e., pension and health care ,are also funded partly by payroll with holdings.
Pension-6.5% of wages.
Health care_ was $210 per month for employee and spouse, could be more now, I don’t know.

junior justice December 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm


You may apply for political asylum in your country of choice – if one will take you in. Be happy somewhere else since you don’t like it here. We don’t need your type of corrupting attitude in our schools.

You are lucky my kids aren’t in your class because they want me to “kick the shit” out of you. This is the only time I will allow them to use that language.

And they want to watch me do it. That would be a good civics lesson for them.

Bonner December 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Grade for MEMO to ASSHOLE A+

Ells January 7, 2013 at 11:02 am

Could you be any pettier and immature? You wouldn’t let your children use profanity yet you’d advocate solving problems through force and violence? You are entirely unfit to be raising children.

Mike Stefonick December 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Fire his ass. Discusting

courtney January 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

Learn how to spell “disgusting” you cock-juggling thunder-cunt, BEFORE you make a post about something you have no business commenting about.

D5 Observer December 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

If he was just inviting all the Republicans in to speak, having affairs, sexting and making low rent porn with saggy old guys like Kelly Payne from Dutch Fork HS he would have nothing to worry about.

Ryan December 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Excellent observation. This District will make a scape goat of some employees with just rumors of affairs and then let others run the course or sweep them under the rug. Payne must be friends with the right Board member or she would suffer the consequences. Frankly this District is corrupt. And the citizens are just too caught up in their own lives to see it. I believe this District is beginning to look a lot like Fairfield County.

BIN News Editorial Staff December 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Dear James the Foot Fungus,

“libertard” ? Really? How childish.

Always attacking children and education

The foot fungus between your toes is bad enough, but ever since the fungus moved between you ears you’ve gotten even more childish.

Everyone has a right to stomp a flag. Any flag. But, stomping the flag of any sovereign country in a public school is over the line.

djk754 December 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Who cares?

james the foot soldier December 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

BIN your reading comprehension skills are even less impressive then your math skills.

The correct term is LIBTARD.

I notice you choose to not join in the discussion/debate instead resorting to typical LIBTARD whaaa whaaaa booo hooing.

I also noticed the point made using 3rd grade math concepts was far too challenging for your intellectually retarded brain.

Strong display of your educational prowess!

Yes we can!

mateo December 15, 2012 at 9:18 am


If you insist on challenging the “educational prowess” of those who make comments, you may want to investigate the contrast between “then” and “than”. I believe that lesson came before “3rd grade math concepts”. Have a great day.

Common Sense December 15, 2012 at 10:21 am

james got owned yet again..l have never witnessed a fool so proud of his ignorance with the exception of our own little sarah palin..big T.

Gary December 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

I have a flag flying every day in front of my ouse , please invite this gentleman to stop by and do that to my flag. Semper Fi

BigT December 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Why do Leftists HATE America so much??

If Obama tried the $#!* he’s done to our country, in one of the Third World, Sharia-Law Cesspools he worships, they’d shut him up, w/ all the other Dumb@$$ liberals…

Only in America does a Constitution allow for Such Ignorant people to have so much GIVEN to them…w/o them earning it…(See Obama or Clinton, who has NEVER had a real job).

You need to get down and do to that flag what most of you do to your domestic partners…or the rest of the gay cheaters you all have while claiming manogamy…

BIN News Editorial Staff December 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm

James the Foot Fungus is really suffering. So sad.

There is not much difference between libtard and libertard.

Both are childish terms used by those whose chronic foot fungus has moved up between their ears.

Here’s your math lesson.

4 + 4 more = yes we did.

And, no you didn’t.

BIN News Editorial Staff December 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

BTW sic(k) willie,

Allegations of attempts to “remove the Pledge of Allegiance” by that school district were totally, conclusively, factually and absolutely proven to be nothing but voucher scam lies.

Of course, sic(k) willie and other supporters of the voucher scam being paid for by Howie the Voucher Clown will say and do anything to attack public education. To them “lie” is such a little word.

toyota Kawaski December 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm

please come down to THE KINGDOM here in Aiken County and stomp our flag would love to let the dogs get a live exercise for once

junior justice December 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

He wants to teach to our children?

He needs to be taught one lesson, and that is he should be fired and banned for his lifetime from any employment in every type of school in SC.

When my life was put on the line in the military it wasn’t for someone like him.

Mike Stefonick December 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Let him go and teach in Iraq.

courtney January 7, 2013 at 10:57 am

Seriously? When your life was put on the line it was to defend our right for free speech. He wasn’t expressing negative feelings, he was TEACHING A LESSON ON SYMBOLISM.

D. Hiller January 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

Courtney – Is it your opinion that the action of the teacher – stomping on the American Flag in front of 10th graders is acceptable? Do you feel that it is OK to destroy school property (the Flag) without consequence?

courtney January 7, 2013 at 12:02 pm

D. Hiller- Do I think it is acceptable? I attend CHS, and I know Mr. Compton. It is a fact that he did this because he was teaching a lesson on symbolism to prove a point, not because it was his own personal belief. No, it is not okay to destroy school property, but when was anything destroyed? A lesson was taught to students about symbolism and what value a symbol holds. He used the American Flag as a demonstration of his lesson and nothing else.

Who cares that he is a liberal teacher? This is totally unnecessary. In no way did Mr. Compton do any damage. Someone was angry and instead of asking Mr. Compton his reasoning, he was wrongly suspended.

For those who do not attend CHS, the school is filled with kids who have filthy rich parents that sue and complain until they have their way. CHS has been looking for a reason to terminate the Gay Straight Alliance that Mr. Compton is a proud sponsor of, and this scene was the way to do so.

The fact is D. Hiller, that people have their own beliefs. But Mr. Compton was not expressing his in any way. He was simply teaching his students the value of symbolism.

Patrick December 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

This man taught me in my high school English class. He is a very good teacher. In public school in South Carolina he is a very rare element; someone who would encourage one to analyze all aspects of a situation before finalizing thoughts and opinions. We read Frankenstein in his class and I still use the same skills he taught me in my career; he taught me about nature vs. nurture, science vs devinity, and much more. Having gone through public school in SC (Even in honors classes, not to mention one of the “best” in the state), he was one of very few people taught me how much a quality education can benefit your future. He spoke about his family with admiration and love, and helped me in a subject that I personally struggled with.
One should not have to fear for their job anytime they do something that would encite panic in the conservative south. What he did is protected by the constitution, even if he is among the minority in Chapin he does not deserve to loose his job. We must tolerate things like this in order to prosper from the diversity the US has to offer, it fosters growth. I support Mr. Compton as he made a positive impact on my life and helped evolve a love of reading that does not exist in a SC high school environment. If you feel he should lose his job you need to better understand the protections provided by our laws, they are there for a reason.
For those of you who think I am another crazy liberal, I am extremely conservative in my political views, but come from a liberal upbringing (my mom’s a democrat and my dad’s been socialist since before Obama was born). People like him help foster independent minded individuals who form opinions based on reason, not concensus. People who question public opinion are neccessary, and it is time for SC to at the very least tolerate these people.

Suzanne B December 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Good teacher or not, the man made a mistake in judgement… a pretty big one. Apparently, these were Sophomore students… not even Seniors. He also failed to consider that this was school district property… and not his.

Student January 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

I just would like to put on here as a student for the school that Mr. Compton is an unbelievably amzing and caring teacher. At Chapin we pride ourselves on not letting students fall through the cracks. Our Principle, Mr. Ross, like to take credit for this, but us student know better. Student do well at Chapin because of teachers like Mr. Compton. Mr. Compton has always been a champion for the kids who are marginalized at Chapin. His classroom has been the safe haven for many an under dog during my time in school. One of the groups that he leads is the Chapin GSA (Gay Straight Allience) which I am a member of. Clubs like this were invented for kids who are put down to come together for survival. Parents and students alike have openly opposed the very existence of our (small) club at this school. I honestly believe that Mr. Compton’s suspendence is the results of years of pressure from parents and students to dispand our club, and that his display of symbolism (which many an English teacher has used as an example) was simply an excuse for bigotry.

A. B. January 7, 2013 at 11:34 am

I don’t support the Gay Straight Alliance Club but i do agree he is a good teacher who engages the students. the problem is he crossed the line and made some serious mistakes. It’s a reach to think his suspension has something to do with the GSA Club.

dy davis January 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Compton’s point was the American flag is losing it’s value. The flags we see everyday don’t have real meaningp because we can go by them for a dollar at dollar general. If we are supposed to be the united states and our flag is of worth then Why is the flag so treated like nothing? we pass it, dont acknowledge it. We say the pledge of alligance and not even pay attention to the words. We see the flag everyday and never even consider the true meaning. So stomping on it symbolizes what americans are doing to our own flag. I go to chapin high school i was in his class and i know for a fact MR. COMPTON IS THE BEST TEACHER AT CHAPIN HIGH SCHOOL.

T. Hinson January 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

Based on what little I know about this issue (a teacher was put on leave for stomping on the flag during a lesson) for whatever the reason, he made a bad decision. Sadly, I agree that Americans don’t value their freedom and the flag that stands for it as they used to do. Physically stomping on it — whether in front of minor students or adults — is an act of disrespect and sends a strong message. A wiser move would have been to query the students of the consequences for such an action. Or ask why they think it’s a disrespectful move for someone to do it. How about asking what can be done (what could they do) so that Americans appreciate the flag and what it symbolizes. Another issue that was mentioned, and an important one – the flag that he stomped on wasn’t his. It belonged to the school.

insightful March 30, 2013 at 12:42 am

Why is an english teacher stomping on ANY flag in an ennglish class?

insightful March 30, 2013 at 12:42 am

Why is an english teacher stomping on ANY flag in an ennglish class?

JES January 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm

This is what Obama’s buddy Bill Ayers was doing in a 2001 photo in Chicago Magazine, having previously tried to blow up the Pentagon, a police station and other public buildings as a member of the Weather Underground. Can’t mistake a lefty for a patriot.

Dick Hiller January 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

FYI…I do not read this site, but it was brought to my attention someone using D. Hiller was posting comments here. I am not sure who D. Hiller is, but since I do work at Chapin High School I felt compelled to let readers know that the previous poster is not the Dick Hiller that works at Chapin High School.
Thank You!
Dick Hiller

Rick A January 10, 2013 at 2:14 am

Folks use your search engine & seek out the school; they have a drop down form that takes two minutes for your complaint; and has no space for addresses..I left out my NY phone #—do it today and let’s see this creep fired.

Bill January 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm

He’s just emulating his role model in the White House.

A January 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I think I remember this guy Compton from college. He was always at Goatfeathers talking about Nietzsche and quoting Marx. He smelled like cheap liquor and rolled his own cigarettes. He might have been a fag. Or not. I do know that he wears an American flag as a diaper so he can wipe his ass on it all day long.


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