SC teacher appeals firing

A South Carolina high school teacher fired after stomping on the American flag has requested an appeal.

CHAPIN, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- A South Carolina high school teacher who was fired after stomping on the American flag during a class has requested an appeal.

The Lexington Richland District 5 School board met privately to review Scott Compton's request to appeal his firing.

Several members of the board disagree with Compton's actions but are required to hear his appeal.

"The hearing will be scheduled by the board at a future date and consultation with all parties. The teacher has requested that the hearing be closed, so we cannot comment further on the matter," said Chairman Robert Gantt, Lexington Richland District 5.

The State
newspaper reported Friday that former Chapin High School teacher is asking the Lexington-Richland District 5 school board to overturn his firing. Officials say the seven-member board will decide Monday when to hear the appeal, which Scott Compton wants to hold in private.

Compton was let go after he talked glowingly about the U.S. and the importance of embracing freedom while stomping on an American flag in his classroom last month.

His attorney has said Compton's action wasn't intended to be disrespectful and was an effort to promote discussion in three honors English classes on how the nation is much more than its symbols.