Teacher. Tells students to write essay about their reactions and to tell their parents. Parents flip out and want him fired. School reassigns him and investigates the incident for… wait for it… the fire hazard aspect:
Dan Holden, who teaches seventh-grade social studies, burned small flags in two different classes Friday and asked students to write an opinion paper about it, district spokeswoman Lauren Roberts said.
A teacher in the school district since 1979, Holden has been temporarily reassigned to non-instructional duties pending a district investigation. The district also alerted city fire officials, who are conducting their own investigation.
“Certainly we’re concerned about the safety aspect,” Roberts said, along with “the judgment of using that type of demonstration in a class.”
I actually used to enjoy teachers who did provocative and hands-on education instead of merely lecturing about things like flag burning. I’m pretty sure that the lesson here was that it’s perfectly okay to be angry about burning the flag, but the act itself is to be protected. Too bad the students will only learn the censorship lesson hands-on instead.