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Teacher fired after refusing to teach student who refused to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

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Vince Ziebarth was fired from his job as a driver's education teacher at a high school in suburban Chicago after refusing to teach a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Vince Ziebarth — a driver’s education teacher at Eisenhower High School in suburban Chicago — issued an ultimatum to 15-year-old student Shemar Cooper: Start standing up during the Pledge of Allegiance or don't take any more lessons in my car.

“All I told him is that, based on his actions, he has a choice with his actions," Ziebarth — known to his students as Mr. Z — told WBBM-TV. "I was exercising my right to make a choice as well.”

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