"I don't feel safe going to that school anymore because I don't know what they're going to do next", Stone said.
An instructor was put on leave and is under scrutiny after he purportedly got physical with an understudy who declined to remain for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Chaney told reporters that his homeroom teacher attempted to force him to stand during the Pledge, which led to the alleged assault.
- An 11-year-old boy says his decision not to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at school got him roughed up by a teacher and lectured by another. "I was so befuddled. And then I was irritated because that's not supposed to happen", Stone said. "I pledge to God and family", he said. According to MLive, the protests were started by National Football League player Colin Kaepernick in 2016 during the National Football League preseason to protest racial injustice and police brutality (Stone did not tell WDIV that his refusal to stand was meant to address similar issues).
'I'm looking at my son as a hero. He said students have the right to skip the Pledge of Allegiance. He added that while he understood that veterans and others might disagree with his son's decision to protest the flag, it is ultimately his right to do so.
Stone is very adamant about not standing, saying that he does not pledge to a flag.
Heitsch explained the district "cannot speculate" about what the investigation will uncover but assured parents the school expects "every child and adult in our district to be treated with dignity and respect".
Phillina Mullin, Stone's mother, said the educator should not have touched Stone. Brian Chaney could not be immediately reached for comment Friday. Brian Chaney praised his son's ability to walk to his "own beat".
Stone said he was concerned about his three younger brothers and hopes they do not face the same treatment.
What's even more troubling about this situation is that as a teacher's consultant, the person who dragged this child is tasked with training other teachers on how to manage their classrooms.
He began sitting during the pledge when he was a second-grader after visiting his father, a social worker, at the school at which he worked.