Florida teacher removed after scolding student who didn’t show up for swearing-in

Florida teacher removed after scolding student who didn’t show up for swearing-in

  • A Florida teacher was caught on video reprimanding a student for failing to stand up during the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • A viral TikTok of the Wednesday incident has racked up more than 160,000 views.
  • A spokesperson for the school district told Insider that the teacher has been removed and an investigation is underway.

A Florida school district has fired a high school teacher who was recorded using racist rhetoric to admonish a student who did not uphold the Pledge of Allegiance.

A TikTok of the Wednesday incident has racked up more than 160,000 views as of Friday. A Manatee County Schools spokesperson told Insider that the district has launched an investigation into the matter.

The video shows a Bradenton High School teacher berating a student who appears to be Latino for his apparent refusal to stand up and salute the flag. The video is captioned: “my friend didn’t stand up for the oath and this is what the teacher said.”

“Are you going to sit there on your butt?” the teacher angrily asks the student, who doesn’t respond.

“If you want to do something, just get up and do it,” adds the teacher. “I will defend my country to the end.”

“I won’t hurt you,” the teen says in response.

The professor, who appears to be white, then launches into a display of xenophobia.

“Then go back to your… Where are you from? Mexico or Guatemala? Where?”

“I was born here,” replies the student.

“You were born here? And you will not defend the flag?” the teacher replies, throwing his hands in the air before the video ends.

A spokesperson for the School District of Manatee County confirmed that the teacher shown in the video was removed from school on the day of the incident, but did not provide further details about his identity.

The teacher no longer has contact with the students, the representative said, and the school district’s Office of Professional Standards is investigating the incident.

“The School District of Manatee County strongly condemns any language or behavior that demeans, humiliates or insults anyone, especially youth, families and the community we are privileged to serve,” the district said in a statement. .

Public school and college students have a constitutional right to express “symbolic speech” by sitting down during the Pledge of Allegiance or the National Anthem. But some states, including Florida, require K-12 students to have parental permission not to stand during the oath, according to state law.

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