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Teacher is removed from high school for threatening US-born student who wouldn't stand for Pledge

Robert Reiber, 61, was filmed telling the Manatee High School student to go back to where he came from in the clip, which has racked up more than a million views online.

‘Why don’t you go back to where you came from?’ Teacher removed from high school after offering to fight US-born Hispanic student who wouldn’t accept the Pledge of Allegiance at Florida high school

  • Robert Reiber, 61, was filmed telling a Manatee High School student to go back to where he came from, in a clip that has racked up more than a million views online.
  • Reiber was removed from the school and barred from contact with students amid the ongoing investigation into his conduct.
  • In accordance with the School District of Manatee County, the Pledge of Allegiance must be recited at the beginning of each school day and all students must stand at attention.
  • The only exception is if a student has written permission from a parent or guardian to be excused from reciting the pledge.

A Florida art teacher has been suspended from his high school after he offered to fight a US-born student who wouldn’t uphold the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Robert Reiber, 61, was filmed telling the Hispanic teenager from Manatee High School to go back to where he came from, in a clip that has racked up more than a million views online.

The unidentified student sat awkwardly in his chair as the teacher chided him for disagreeing during the oath, asking if he was from ‘Mexico or Guatemala.

Reiber was removed from the school and barred from contact with students amid the ongoing investigation into his conduct.

He was recorded saying: ‘Are you going to sit there on your butt?’ while other sniggering students stifled their laughter as the teacher raised his voice at the disobeying teen.

Robert Reiber, 61, was filmed telling the Manatee High School student to go back to where he came from in the clip, which has racked up more than a million views online.

Robert Reiber, 61, was filmed telling the Manatee High School student to go back to where he came from in the clip, which has racked up more than a million views online.

As the teenager began to fidget in the silence, the teacher barks, ‘Don’t move your leg.’

The art teacher was then recorded saying, ‘If you want to do something, get up and do it. I will defend my country to the end.

But the student mutters ‘I won’t hurt you’.

Reiber, who was named as the teacher involved by students familiar with the incident, according to the Herald-Tribune, then gasped: ‘So go back to your… where are you from? Mexico or Guatemala?

‘I was born here,’ said the student.

The furious teacher rebuked: ‘You were born here and will not defend the flag?’ before the video cuts out.

In accordance with the School District of Manatee County, the Pledge of Allegiance is recited at the beginning of each school day and all students must stand at attention.

When the pledge is recited, students stand with their right hands over their hearts.

Other giggling students stifled their laughter as the teacher raised his voice at the disobeying teen.

Other giggling students stifled their laughter as the teacher raised his voice at the disobeying teen.

The only exception is if a student has written permission from a parent or guardian not to recite the pledge.

In response to the video, the school district said in a statement: “The teacher shown in the video confronting a student in a Manatee district classroom was removed from the school on the day the incident occurred.”

‘The teacher no longer has contact with any students.

In addition, the school district’s Office of Professional Standards is fully investigating the incident in accordance with district and state due process policies and procedures.

“The School District of Manatee County strongly condemns any language or behavior that demeans, humiliates or insults anyone, especially the youth, families and community we are privileged to serve.”

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