Suspended teacher says he failed kids who didn’t stand for Pledge of Allegiance
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (WKRC) - It's been ten years but this month a New York school teacher came clean for a reason he failed students-- but he isn't apologizing.
According to Newsday, Uniondale High School health teacher Steven Solomon admitted in a since-deleted Facebook post that in the past he failed two students, in part, for not standing up during the Pledge of Allegiance.
He was since suspended with pay by the school district during its investigation. A statement was reported by ABC7 New York :
The Uniondale School District is aware of a teacher posting on social media about a situation involving grades and standing for the Pledge of Allegiance that occurred more than a decade ago. The District has taken the proactive measure of assigning this faculty member to out-of-classroom duties until further investigation into the matter can be completed. The District will make available any information that is uncovered that can legally and responsibly be released to the public.
Solomon wrote on Facebook that the two students were on the verge of failing his course before the incident but part of the component for not passing them was his belief they should stand, and not sit, during the Pledge of Allegiance. "Under ordinary circumstances, I would have passed them both, instead I failed them both," the post read.
“But if a kid doesn’t stand for the pledge, who said he doesn’t care if these military people live or die, who doesn’t respect his peers and is a discipline problem in the classroom — why should I reward this kid?”
“I encouraged them to stand and I said your standing is just a respect for the country, the flag and for the military people that risked their lives to fight to protect your freedom.”