A Spanish teacher in Lincoln, Nebraska was shocked to walk into her classroom and find a stunning anti-Trump display – a Mexican flag hanging over her American flag.
Teacher Marcie Castillo walked into her classroom to find the Mexican flag draped over the American flag that typically hung alone in her classroom. One of the students reportedly placed the Mexican flag over the American flag in protest of President Trump and his policies towards Mexican immigrants.
According to reports, Castillo took the opportunity to not only remove the flag but to also discuss proper etiquette in regards to the American flag with her students.
Many readers called out other teachers, as well as the students in the Nebraska story, for disrespecting the American flag.
“There was a time long, long ago when students had teachers who taught them to stand & pledge allegiance to our flag & what it stands for, every morning at the start of our classes. What is happening to America!!! These sick teachers are not teachers, but idiots whom I would never send a child of mine to & they should be fired & their teaching credentials taken away for life – NEVER ALLOWED IN A CLASSROOM AGAIN!!! Just me & my little thoughts,” one Mad World News reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.
In another story involving flag controversy in the classroom, a Fayetteville, North Carolina, teacher was was disciplined after stepping on an American flag during a lesson about the First Amendment.
Lee Francis garnered controversy when he stepped on the flag during a lesson, and was ultimately disciplined by Superintendent Frank Till.
“I have concluded that the actions of Mr. Francis were not an act of civil disobedience by the school or the Cumberland County Central Services. All agree that his actions were inappropriate. Therefore, I have determined discipline is appropriate based on violating our policies,” Till told WRAL.
Despite being reprimanded, Francis stood by his actions as an important lesson for students.
“This was a teachable method that I utilized in my classroom,” he said. “What I was trying to convey to my students is (that) freedom of speech is more than something that’s verbal, it’s more than something that can be written down. Freedom of speech also includes the burning of the flag.”
Francis was suspended from his classroom after school officials were informed of the incident.
Sources: Mad World News, Mad World News/Facebook, WRAL / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr