Remember Scott Compton, the English teacher who entertained his class by taking down the US flag and theatrically stomping on it? Since this occurred in deep red South Carolina, people didn’t like it. So Compton got a lawyer:
Lexington-Richland 5 paid former Chapin High teacher Scott Compton $85,000 to avoid a legal challenge, part of a settlement that led to his resignation after he stomped on an American flag during a class lesson.
The payment is on top of Compton’s salary that will be paid through June 7, even though he has been out of the classroom since December. School officials did not provide Compton’s salary Monday, but their plan pays teachers with his 12 years’ experience $43,340 to $59,647 a year.
Lexington-Richland 5 taxpayers also will foot the bill for more than $31,500 in attorney fees, records obtained by The State newspaper under a state Freedom of Information Act request show.
The $85,000 payment was described as “a compromise and resolution of disputed claims,” the records say. …
In accepting the payment, Compton agreed not to pursue a legal challenge to how school officials sought his dismissal by seeking damages for claims that include defamation, emotional distress and breach of contract.
That is, he agreed not to sue them for even thinking about firing him for his outrageous conduct in the classroom. He also agrees to go away.
The settlement guarantees him a letter of recommendation. After he blows through his generous gift from South Carolina taxpayers, he will turn up in a blue state school where stomping on Old Glory won’t raise any eyebrows.
On a tip from Clingtomyguns. Hat tip: American Thinker.