Last December, this website broke the story of Scott Compton – a rabidly left-wing English teacher at a South Carolina government-run high school who has a thing for stomping on the American flag.
As we reported exclusively, Compton was suspended from his position more than five months ago after an email from a parent alerted school officials to his flag-stomping.
“During (Compton’s) lecture, he removes the flag of the United States of America from its mount on the wall,” the email alleged. “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.”
As we noted, we support Compton’s First Amendment right to do whatever he wants to an American flag – but the setting for his bizarre brand of “instruction” struck us as highly inappropriate. Of course this is the same school district – Lexington-Richland Five – which made waves in October 2011 when its leaders attempted to remove the Pledge of Allegiance from its classrooms.
Anyway … what does habitual flag-stomping get you in South Carolina’s worst-in-the-nation public education system?
A nice pay day, apparently.
According to WIS TV 10 (NBC – Columbia, S.C.), Compton is making off with $85,000 from Lexington-Richland Five as part of a deal for his resignation. That’s in addition to money he’s already been paid while on leave. Not only that, the district has incurred another $30,000 or so in legal fees as it braced for a possible lawsuit from the soon-to-be ex-teacher.
Wait … what?
“The district’s attorneys advised the district’s insurance carrier that a lawsuit was going to be filed by Mr. Compton,” a Lexington-Richland Five spokesman told the station. “Based on financial considerations related to anticipated legal fees to defend such a suit, the Insurer made the decision to make a monetary (payment) to Mr. Compton.”
So to recap … bleeding heart liberal teachers who stomp on the American flag in South Carolina government-run schools are entitled to an $85,000 payout?
Get ready for another barrage of embarrassing national headlines …
UPDATE: Oh look … embarrassing national headlines.