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This won't be a lesson his students will soon forget.

An Illinois high school teacher stepped on the American flag in class to prove a point about free speech. But the teacher ended up proving an entirely different point after he was fired for the exercise.

WGNTV.com reported:
Jordan Parmenter taught at Martinsville Junior-Senior High School. He claims he stepped on the flag during class on May 15 as an example of free speech. A student felt he was disrespectful, and the school board unanimously voted to fire him. Parmenter says he plans to speak to his union representative.

While the flag and the values it represents should be respected, the lesson learned here is more about irony and government control than it is about freedom of speech or in this case, the lack thereof.

(H/t Reason)