This type of story seems more and more prevelant...
or is it just me?
Rocky Mountain News
By Berny Morson, Rocky Mountain News
August 24, 2006
A seventh-grade geography teacher at Carmody Middle School in Lakewood was suspended with pay Wednesday after he refused to take down foreign flags displayed in his classroom.
Eric Hamlin, 36, said the flags of China, Mexico and the United Nations were relevant to the unit on the fundamentals of geography he teaches in the first six weeks of the semester.
He's used the same display for most of the nine years he's taught in Jefferson County, Hamlin said.
The 3-foot-by-5-foot nylon flags are in addition to the U.S. flag found in all classrooms.
"Since flags are symbols of a nation and the people who live in that nation, if a flag of a foreign nation in a geography class can't be displayed, and only the U.S. flag can be displayed, we're sending the message that America is number one, everything else is below that," Hamlin said.
Hamlin received a written reprimand Tuesday. Principal John Schalk escorted Hamlin from the building when the flags were still up on Wednesday morning.