St. Louis Teacher Fired After Thanking Kids For Standing During Pledge of Allegiance
St. Louis area substitute teacher Jim Furkin was fired in October after he thanked the children for standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.
This offended one student so Jim lost his teaching gig.
A Missouri substitute teacher is seeking answers after claiming he was banned because he thanked students for saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jim Furkin worked as a sub for 10 years in St. Louis County’s Parkway School District and worked for 5 years as a sub at Parkway South High School.
Furkin told the school board Thursday that he was subbing in a freshman English class at South High in October. During the pledge, most, but not all, students stood.
Furkin says he thanked those who stood, and then afterwards ane student went to a counselor. An administrator told Furkin the student complained he had been “hurt” by Furkin’s comment.
Furkin told News 4 he did not understand why his comments cost him his substitute teaching position at South High.
“I’m thanking the kids who participates in it,” said Furkin, “But obviously in every single classroom you’re going to have a few that sit and that’s their right, I respect that.”
Jim Furkin addressed the school board this week after his firing.