BLUE ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago teacher has been fired for allegedly bullying a student into standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Eisenhower High School driver’s education teacher Vince Ziebarth says he was terminated March 16 after being told he made “inappropriate comments” to a sophomore student.
Ziebarth told the Daily Southtown that he told the student if he chooses to sit during the Pledge he will not sit in a driver’s education vehicle. Ziebarth said he wasn’t given a specific reason for his firing, adding he was not under contract, and was not a tenured teacher.
The student’s mother contends Ziebarth violated her son’s First Amendment rights.
School officials have declined to comment on personnel issues involving Ziebarth.
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