Chapin teacher who stomped American flag in class gets $85,000

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CHAPIN, S.C. — A Chapin High School teacher removed from the classroom when he stomped on an American flag while discussing freedom is being paid $85,000 to avoid a legal challenge.

The State newspaper obtained documents under the Freedom of Information Act that show Scott Compton is being paid the settlement by Lexington-Richland District 5, in addition to his salary through June 7.

The school district would not disclose his salary. Teachers with his 12 years of experience are paid between $43,000 and $60,000 annually.

Documents show that the district will pay attorney fees of nearly $32,000 for him.

Compton resigned as part of the settlement after criticism about his actions last December. The payments were not disclosed when Compton’s resignation was announced March 27.

“Prior to his resignation, attorneys for Mr. Compton informed district attorneys that he had prepared a complaint for filing in federal court,” Lexington-Richland 5 spokesman Mark Bounds said.
Bounds said the insurance company decided to offer a settlement rather than deal with the expected legal fees from a lawsuit.

Compton’s lawyer, Darryl Smalls, would not talk about the settlement.

Compton has agreed not to pursue a challenge to how school officials sought his dismissal by seeking damages for claims that include defamation, emotional distress and breach of contract. Superintendent Stephen Hefner had sought to fire Compton.
The school district has no standards for treatment of the flag, but school officials said Compton violated conduct expected of teachers.

Compton issued a statement that he did not intend to be disrespectful but wanted to promote discussion on how the nation is more than its symbols.

Neither the school district nor Compton admit any wrongdoing. Records show he is guaranteed a letter of recommendation for future employment.

Compton also can seek unemployment benefits without any objection from the school district.

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Red Headed Step Child
Red Headed Step Child 05/08/13 - 10:08 am

It's a shame when people choose to exercise freedom in a tasteless manner..

While he stated he did not intend to be direspectful, that's precisely what he was. I'm sure there were other ways he could have made his point to the class...

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 05/08/13 - 08:01 pm
The man was smarter than what

The man was smarter than what he presents himself to be, IMO. He said he wasn't intending to be disrespectful...well just how exactly did he think this was going to be perceived?? I think he knew how people would react to this, and it led to a payday for him. THAT is the shameful part....this guy does something terrible like this, and he gets rewarded for it?? Sure he loses his job, but it's not like he'll be thrown out in the street anytime soon for not paying his bills.
Personally, I think the local VFW posts should pay a visit to this guy and teach him about the proper way to handle a flag and let him know what THEY think about what he did.

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