A teacher may be punished in Chicago this week after standing up to parents and teachers in a brutal fight about patriotism and the right to sit through the pledge of alliegence.
One of her students, Shemar Cooper, 15, refused to stand for the pledge this week, and when prompted why, he said because “America sucks”. Well, this didn’t suit his teacher, so she called his mom. His mother actually supported his decision, though not his language. She insisted her son can sit for whatever he wants and that she was in fact proud of him for making a statement.
Porter added, “We don’t hate America. It’s the behaviors that are put out from some of the people towards black people that we disapprove of.”
The teacher decided this did not suit her classroom. The next day when Cooper refused to stand up, she tried to physically get him out of the chair. That’s when his mother called police.
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The mother says she is proud of her son for making a statement against oppression and police violence. She said her family has served their country proudly, pointing out that her father served in World War II.“America doesn’t respect blacks,” Shemar told WGN. “Until they stop killing us, I’m not going to stand up.”Porter added, “We don’t hate America. It’s the behaviors that are put out from some of the people towards black people that we disapprove of.”The mother and son say they were unaware of the controversy in the NFL involving San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem at a game for similar reasons, at the time of the incident.
The principal of Eisenhower High School released a statement in response to the incident, saying “Eisenhower High School takes any allegations of violations of students rights seriously. We respect students’ First Amendment right to not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.”
Porter says she thinks the teacher should be suspended for her actions. According to the principal, school officials are looking into the incident, reports WBBM.