(FOX)- Lee Francis, a first year history teacher at Massey Hill Classical High School in Fayetteville, has been placed on administrative leave while the school district investigates the incident.

Francis admitted stomping on an American flag Monday during a lesson on the First Amendment. A photo of the incident, taken by a student, was posted on Facebook and went viral.

“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.

If this is what’s going on in public schools today, home-schooling keeps looking better and better.

Correct, you do have the right to free speech.

However, as an employee of a public school you do not have the right to inundate impressionable kids with your anti-American, racially divisive rhetoric.

The nerve of this guy going on the defensive and saying the student that brought to light his idiocracy should be punished. 

That kid deserves a freaking medal! Standing up to an authority figure takes a lot of stones.

Just because you have a teaching license doesn’t mean you can teach whatever you want.

I’d be willing to bet that this wasn’t a part of the school’s accepted curriculum.

(Read more HERE)

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