Middle School Dad Banned For Facebook Post On Burning School

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The father of a Florida middle schooler is banned from school property after posting on Facebook that he was ready to burn down the school.

Polk County school officials served Chris Stephenson with a trespass notice on Wednesday. Now he has to stay in his car while dropping off or picking up his son at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland.

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The Ledger reports Stephenson was angry over being asked to donate to the Parent Student Teacher Association before his son even began the school year.

He added to his Aug. 9 Facebook post that he meant his comment “figuratively” since the building is brick.

Principal Brian Andrews said he considers the post a “credible threat.” Stephenson said is free speech is being suppressed.

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