Fairfax County

Virginia Teacher Accused of Punishing Student for Not Standing for Pledge of Allegiance Won't Return to Class: Superintendent

A Virginia teacher who allegedly disciplined a high school student for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance will not be returning to the classroom, officials with the school district said.

The Centreville High School teacher breached system rules in ordering 15-year-old Eric Trammel out of the classroom for not standing for the pledge last month, the superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools said.

The Washington Post reported an attorney for teacher Richard Ferrick said in an email the allegations against his client are without merit.

According to district policy, Fairfax County school employees are prohibited from disciplining students who do not participate in the pledge.

Trammel said he hasn't stood for the pledge since encountering the Black Lives Matter movement on Twitter during the eighth grade.

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