Francis. That's funny!
So, hypocritical teacher, standing up for what he believes, wants a student arrested and charged and punished for standing up for what he believes. The contradictory statements are mind boggling."Do I regret what I did? Absolutely not," Mr. Francis told me in an exclusive telephone interview. "Would I do it again? All I can say is I did it and I stand by it."
Mr. Francis said he has obtained legal counsel.
"There were some laws broken as far as photos of me taken that violate the county's policies - and issues that could be considered defamation of character," he said.
He said the student who snapped the photo of the flag desecration "broke the law."
"I believe that child does need to be punished in some way - absolutely," he said. "I can't take a picture of them and in turn they cannot do the same of me."
Mr. Francis confirmed most of the events as they were reported by local news organizations - including the actions of a young patriot.
He said the student got up from his desk, took the desecrated flag and left the classroom.
"I don't personally blame the children," the teacher told me. "This is exactly what America is about. This is exactly what freedom of speech is about - freedom of protest. You stand up for what you believe in. Whether or not I agree is not really the point."
I am not a lawyer, but that would probably be the premise for a good defense if it came to a disciplinary hearing.If you are an attention whore who makes a public spectacle of yourself, by, let's say, pissing on the American flag, you waive your right to privacy and throw open the door to others recording your antics and using them for a wide variety of "Fair Use" purposes.
Including, I would think, posting them online and ridiculing you for making an ass of yourself in public.
I have to agree with you on the ability to do such things to demonstrate the 1st amendment, but do you feel that the demonstrator should be able to turn around and ask for the punishment of another who disagrees with the methodology of the demonstration?I would personally never ever stomp on or burn a flag or do anything that stupid, but I don't have a problem with a teacher or Professor stomping on an American flag just to show an example of what free speech is in America and that it is okay to talk disparagingly about our country or some of the policies in our country. I'm completely fine with that. I am completely fine with the teacher using that as an example even in person to help really drive home the point with students that people are allowed to dissent and talk bad about America or about an American policy even in the extreme of stomping on a flag. People need to know that it is free speech to talk badly about this country and some of their policies. People also need to know that it should be encouraged to have free speech even if it's disparaging to the country and some of its policies.
Drop/Add.I don't allow anyone to use electric devices unless they have a medical need, and I only give permission to record lectures if the student can demonstrate that there is a need for it.
Work product created while working for your employer belongs to your employer. You have zero rights to it.So, it isn't about privacy for me, but rather intellectual property, and universities can and do expel students for violations of these policies.
But it appears we are dealing with a high school situation, so I am less familiar with intellectual property laws at that level.
You can't have your cake and eat it too.I have to agree with you on the ability to do such things to demonstrate the 1st amendment, but do you feel that the demonstrator should be able to turn around and ask for the punishment of another who disagrees with the methodology of the demonstration?
Well, not sure how it's defamation since he DID DO it, it's not a lie. And he needs to study up on the legalities of filming in a PUBLIC place. There is no expectation for privacy in a public school classroom.Are violation of policies and defamation of character criminal offenses?
Taking pictures of students and teachers prohibited?
I don't know about the second but that teacher needs some remedial school teacher/ing education regarding the first.