A Uniondale, New York High School health teacher has been suspended after bragging on a Facebook post that he had failed two students more than a decade ago partially because they would not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Steven Solomon, 58, even defended his inexcusable actions, saying that he was trying to teach a lesson in patriotism that is currently being misunderstood in today’s world, reported Newsday.
“These kids failed themselves,” Solomon claimed, adding that the students’ refusal to stand for the pledge was only part of the reason why he failed them. He told Newsday that the students were mediocre and had behavioral issues as well.
“They had a 63 or 62 … less than passing,” Solomon said. “They did not stand for the pledge. That was part of the component, and it’s the teacher’s discretion at that point whether they want to pass them or not.”
“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?” he added.
So he decided to fail the kids because of his assumptions about their beliefs on the military after they used their first amendment right.
The controversial Facebook post, according to the report, referred to the students as “suckers” and “unpatriotic.”
Apparently Solomon doesn’t understand that the vast majority of students do not stand for the pledge out of patriotism, it is because they feel forced to do it from the time they are little kids. It has nothing do with the military.
Outraged people contacted the school, which took him out of the classroom, but continues to pay him.
“The 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,” Superintendent William Lloyd said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”