"The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently", Stone said.
The student, Stone Chaney, is a sixth-grader at East Middle School in Farmington Hills. "Nobody in MI, nobody all over the country", Stone said.
"I was in my chair doing my homework". Stone says he hasn't stood for the Pledge of Allegiance since second grade, inspired by his father's similar protest. "I didn't know what was going on". 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).
"She starts yelling at me, telling me to get up". I told her that I don't pledge to a flag.
"God said don't worship anything other than me, don't worship any idols, and pledging to a flag would kind of be like worshiping it", he said.
Superintendent of Farmington Public Schools George Heitsch said in a statement that every child is invited to participate in the pledge and expects 'every child and adult in our district to be treated with dignity and respect'.
Heitsch said the district supports each student's right to decide whether to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The alleged incident happened September 7.
The statement doesn't say which of the two teachers has been placed on leave.
His father addressed the district directly during their last board meeting.
"We want people to know people have rights".
"If they're fighting for freedom, they're fighting for us to have choices", Brian Chaney said. "He believes in what he believes in", Chaney said. He believes in what he believes in. He's not anxious about what other people think of him'.
"We are very disappointed that when we dropped our son off at East Middle School".
Chaney said he is not comfortable sending his son back to a school where the teachers have set a negative tone. Brian Chaney praised his son's ability to walk to his "own beat". "He didn't follow anybody".
Phillina Mullin, Stone's mother, said the educator should not have touched Stone.
Stone said he was concerned about his three younger brothers and hopes they do not face the same treatment. "If they feel a separate way, that's OK".
And that's when he decided that he didn't want to stand either. And after that, if anything like this happens again, the teacher should be fired and never be allowed to teach in any public school ever again.
"And held accountable", said Stone.