A brief video clip showing a Maryland student kicking the chair out from underneath a fellow classmate who is not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance shows what a national political debate looks like in high school form.

A Winter Hills High School student in Westminster, Md., is seen wearing an American flag hoodie, cowboy boots and jean shorts (“jorts) as he swiftly kicks the chair out from underneath a sitting student as the Pledge of Allegiance can be heard in the background. The short video clip began doing the rounds on social media and viral video websites Tuesday, illustrating a microcosm of the wider U.S. debate on NFL players standing for the National Anthem.

The student whose chair was kicked out from underneath him can be seen falling to the ground and asking, “Really?” as he incredulously appeals to an off-camera teacher or authority figure. The student targeted – who adorns skinny jeans, a jacket and dyed blue-green hair – then just looks on at the American flag-wearing perpetrator, standing with his hand over his heart.

Dozens of video re-posts online describe the chair kicker as a "bully" or a "Trump voter," while the student who was sitting is dubbed "emo."

“I tripped,” he claims, before the off-camera person begins to issue a reprimand and the video cuts off, “Okay. You’re gonna get…”

According to the Carroll County Times newspaper, the student who kicked the chair has been disciplined by Winters Mill High School after he posted the video his Instagram account with the caption:

“Some people don't understand how disrespectful it is to sit during the pledge or national anthem and deserves to get there ass kicked More of y'all need (stand up) to these jackasses that sit during the pledge.if you have an issue with what I did today talk to me about it not your little buddy's behind my back. #standthef***up #america #dumbass #hedeservedmore #bitch”

According to the Carroll County paper, the pledge is recited each morning during announcements at all of the public schools in the township. However, students are not required to stand during its recitation.

Director of student services at the school system, Dana Falls, tells the Times paper that the now-disciplined student’s behavior was “unacceptable,” although declined to say what specific punishment was being handed down due to student confidentiality laws.

Falls noted that the administration is seeking to prevent it from becoming an ongoing problem but this specific incident wasn't necessarily "bullying" as the school system defines the term. 

“In my opinion, based on what I know about the initial incident ... that would be considered an unsafe behavior or disrespect to the student,” Falls said. “If it continued, it would absolutely be considered bullying," Falls said.

“The end game would be suspension if we can’t make that behavior change,” Falls said.