Tuesday, May 7 2013 9:40 AM EDT2013-05-07 13:40:08 GMT
The Chapin High School teacher accused of stomping on an American flag during a lesson on symbolism resigned from the school, according to a release from Lexington-Richland District 5. Scott Compton willFull Story >
The Chapin High School teacher accused of stomping on an American flag during a lesson on symbolism will resign from the school, according to a release from Lexington-Richland District 5.Full Story >
Thursday, January 24 2013 8:30 AM EST2013-01-24 13:30:03 GMT
At least one parent calls the actions of a Chapin High School English teacher disrespectful and unpatriotic. The Lexington-Richland District 5 teacher is accused of throwing down the American flag andFull Story >
Lexington-Richland School District Five made no decision Monday night on whether or not to terminate a teacher in the district who ignited a nationwide controversy after he allegedly threw down an American flag and stomped on it in front of his classes as part of a lesson.Full Story >
Thursday, January 10 2013 10:07 AM EST2013-01-10 15:07:14 GMT
The attorney for a Midlands high school teacher accused of stomping on an American flag in front of his honors English classes says his client meant no disrespect.Darryl D. Smalls says 12-year teacherFull Story >
The attorney for a Midlands high school teacher accused of stomping on an American flag in front of his honors English classes says his client meant no disrespect.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:33:36 GMT
French officials say that the wreckage of an Air Algeria plane which crashed with 116 people aboard has been found in Mali.Full Story >
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An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.Full Story >
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Friday, July 25 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:09:20 GMT
The Ukrainian army has reported rebel attacks overnight throughout the restive east, claiming that at one border crossing the rebels were supported by artillery fire from the Russian side.Full Story >
Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:08:50 GMT
President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress...Full Story >
President Barack Obama is telling Central American presidents that the United States and the wider region share responsibility to address an influx of minors and families who are crossing the southwest border of the U.S.Full Story >
CHAPIN, SC (WIS) -
A Midlands teacher who made national headlines after stomping on an American flag in front of his classes has been paid $85,000 and remains on paid administrative leave until the end of the school year when his resignation takes effect.
Chapin High School English teacher Scott Compton agreed to the $85,000 settlement from the district's insurance carrier in late March, according to documents obtained by WIS through the Freedom of Information Act.
Mark Bounds, spokesman for the District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, says the district's insurance carrier made the decision to make a monetary payment to Compton after the teacher's attorney notified the district he had prepared a complaint for filing in federal court.
"Upon receiving that information, the District's attorneys advised the District's insurance carrier that a lawsuit was going to be filed by Mr. Compton," said Bounds.
"Based on financial considerations related to anticipated legal fees to defend such a suit, the Insurer made the decision to make a monetary [payment] to Mr. Compton," said Bounds.
"We are glad this issue is resolved," said Bounds. "The resolution is in the best interest of the district, our teachers and the children we serve."
The district since January 1 has been billed approximately $31,400 for legal fees related to the case.
Compton resigned in late March due to "personal and family reasons," according to district records. He will remain on paid administrative leave through the end of the 2012-2013 school year when his resignation goes into effect on June 7.
"All parties agreed that his resignation is in the best interest of everyone who was directly involved in this matter," said Bounds.
Compton, who has been a teacher for 12 years, was placed on administrative leave with pay from the district following the December 2012 incident that received nationwide attention. His last day in class was December 13.
Students who were in the honors English class that day said Compton placed the American flag on the ground and stomped on it. He repeated the lesson in three classes that day, prompting a full investigation.
The teacher's attorney, Darryl D. Smalls, says Compton was teaching a lesson on symbolism as part of a unit on All Quiet on the Western Front and "nothing more."
"At no point and in no way, shape or form was this lesson a negative commentary on America. It was quite the opposite," said Smalls.
The district placed Compton on leave after parents characterized the lessons as disrespectful and unpatriotic.
After a district investigation, Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner on January 10 made the recommendation to the school board to fire Compton.
Compton asked for a hearing before the board to appeal the decision. After several delays, that meeting never happened. Instead, Compton's attorney and the district worked out the teacher's exit.
Hefner then withdrew his recommendation after Compton agreed to resign.
As part of the agreement, Chapin High School Principal Dr. Akil Ross furnished a letter of recommendation to Compton to submit to prospective employers.
A WIS request to Compton's attorney for comment on the settlement has received no response.
Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:13:25 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Police planned Friday to give prosecutors the results of their investigation into an 80-year-old man's fatal shooting of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:38:42 GMT
Two teenagers accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy inside a shed were sentenced to prison Thursday. Jenna Montgomery and Jess Taylor both pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery and assault charges. MontgomeryFull Story >
Two teenagers accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy inside a shed were sentenced to prison Thursday.Full Story >
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:05:21 GMT
The Eastville volunteer fire department confirms a tornado touched down at a campground on the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday morning, killing three people. The volunteer fire department confirms three peopleFull Story >
A New Jersey couple was identified as the victims of a tornado that hit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton. Full Story >