Teacher being investigated after stepping on American flag

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The superintendent of a North Carolina school system says a high school teacher is being investigated after students say he stepped on an American flag as part of a history lesson.

News media outlets report a photo posted on Facebook shows history teacher Lee Francis standing over an American flag in front of a class at Massey Hill Classical High School in Fayetteville on Tuesday. Students were quoted as saying Francis asked students for a lighter or scissors, and when no one produced them, he put the flag on the floor and stomped on it.

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The news reports quote Francis as saying on his Facebook page that the lesson was about a legal case which upholds that flag desecration is protected by the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights.