Stuart Middle School seventh-grade social studies teacher Dan Holden gave his students a lesson in free speech that they likely won't forget. In each of his two social studies classes, the Louisville, KY, teacher burned a small American flag to inspire his students to write an essay on their first amendment rights. Even though school district officials received only one complaint, they reassigned Holden to non-instructional work and contacted fire officials as to the flag burnings. He now faces possible criminal charges as to child endangerment with regard to the open flame in the classroom. Holden had no prior disciplinary record.
Cf. http://www.local6.com/news/9714394/detail.html and http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SCHOOL_FLAG_BURNING?SITE=FLTAM&SECTION=US.