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CHAPIN, SC (WIS) -
The Chapin High School teacher accused of stomping on an American flag during a class lesson will resign from the school, according to a release from Lexington-Richland District 5.
Scott Compton will no longer teach at the school effective at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
"Both Mr. Compton and the District agree that his resignation is at the best interest of everyone who was directly involved in this matter," said the news release.
Compton, who has been a teacher for 12 years, was placed on administrative leave with pay from the district following the December 2012 incident that received nationwide attention.
Students who were in the class that day said Compton placed the American flag on the ground and stomped on it. He repeated the lesson in three classes that day, prompting a full investigation.
The teacher's attorney, Darryl D. Smalls, says Compton was teaching a lesson on symbolism as part of a unit on All Quiet on the Western Front and "nothing more."
"At no point and in no way, shape or form was this lesson a negative commentary on America. It was quite the opposite," said Smalls.
After a district investigation, Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hafter made the recommendation to the school board to fire Compton.
Compton planned to appeal that recommendation.
He will receive a paycheck through the end of the school year.