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CHAPIN, S.C. (AP) — A Chapin High School teacher who talked glowingly about the United States and the importance of ideas over symbols while stomping on an American flag in his classroom is still deciding whether to appeal a recommendation that he be fired.

Lexington-Richland District 5 spokesman Mark Bounds says Scott Compton has until the end of next week to decide whether to ask the school board to hear his appeal. He did not make a decision before Monday’s school board meeting.

Bounds says Superintendent Stephen Hefner was appalled with the bad judgment in defacing a U.S. flag to make a point.

Compton and his lawyer did not respond to messages from The Associated Press and weren’t at Monday’s meeting.

But attorney Darryl Small told WIS-TV that Compton meant no intentional disrespect.

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