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Teacher Banned After Thanking Students for Standing for the Pledge

Teacher Banned After Thanking Students for Standing for the Pledge

A Missouri substitute teacher claimed he was asked not to return to teach at a high school because he thanked his students for standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The substitute teacher, Jim Furkin, 66, said he was subbing for a freshman English class at Parkway South High School in St. Louis when he thanked his students for standing for the pledge.

“The PA announcer says please rise for the pledge of allegiance,” Furkin told KTVI.

But district officials asked him not to teach at the high school again after a student filed a complaint with the school claiming he was bullied for not standing for the pledge.

Officials told Furkin after the incident he could no longer teach at Parkway South High School, although board members allowed him to teach at other schools.

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