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Teacher In Trouble For Asking Pre-Teen Students About Gay Bars and Transsexuals

A Texas middle school teacher is in trouble for asking his students about LGBTQ issues.

A teacher at North Richland Middle School, identity withheld, gave students a 41-question survey as part of a diversity curriculum for Black History Month.

In that survey, sixth grade students were instructed to rate their level of comfort with various scenarios like:

  • A friend invites you to go to a gay bar
  • You go to the gay bar and a person of the same sex asks you to dance
  • Your sister invites her new boyfriend home to dinner. He is a female-to-male transsexual
  • Your dentist is HIV positive.
  • Your assigned lab partner is a Fundamentalist Christian

As you probably imagined, many parents were not happy when they caught wind of this survey.

Speaking to Star-Telegram, parent Ashley Brent shared her frustration at her son being asked these questions.

"This is not something that is school-appropriate," she told the newspaper. “I wasn’t ready for my son to be exposed to these type of things.”

In addition, a spokesperson for Birdville Independent School District shared with Todd Starnes Radio that the survey wasn’t approved of by the school or the district before it was passed out to students.

"We agree the survey was not appropriate and disciplinary action was taken," the spokesperson said.

Of course, this then became an easy target for viewers of the conservative radio show to then bag on liberals and liberal teachers over all.

“Do sixth graders in Texas go to bars,” asked one responder. “Why in the world would a teacher ask 12-year-old children questions about visiting a bar?”

“As a teacher, I am appalled at the garbage that liberal teachers are trying to force on children,” another commented. “Not one of those questions is age appropriate for 12-year-olds.”

“We have become a nation of identity politics. Everything has to be about race or sexual orientation,” said another.

Giving the teacher the benefit of the doubt, he or she was probably trying to teach students that the Civil Rights Movement and Black history taught us to treat others well in today's modern world. 

That said, the teacher’s choice of situations like a dentist with HIV or kids going to a gay bar were just irresponsible.

We're not gonna fight for this battle.

Elementary-Middle School Teacher Says He Was Fired For Supporting LGBTQ Students

A Massachusetts teacher was allegedly fired for supporting LGBTQ students.

Cory Grant was a head teacher for upper elementary students in fourth through sixth grade at the Harborlight Montessori School. After working at the school for three years, he was fired in June 2017. He then filed a complaint this past Monday with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Grant’s reasoning for the complaint is that he thinks he was fired for his support of LGBTQ students.

While he worked at the school, Grant would remove gender signage from the bathrooms, and gave rainbow pin badges to others, among other things. He thinks it was these actions that led to his departure from the school.

"Harborlight chose to fire one of its most popular teachers rather than face up to its discriminatory actions," attorney Hillary Schwab of Fair Work P.C. said in a press release.

Specifically, Grant shares that in his first year on the job, the school failed to support a student who was being bullied for what may have been LGBTQ issues.

That next year, Grant removed the signs from the bathrooms to support a gender-non-conforming student in his class. He was later told by the school head Paul Horovitz to put the signs back so they could maintain school regulations.

Then in June of 2016, some of the older students wanted to create a Pride Day, which Grant was all for. He and two other teachers submitted the idea to an administrator, but were allegedly denied because it would not represent the values of the school and it wasn’t considered age-appropriate.

Shortly after, a fellow teacher brought in rainbow flag pins to honor the victims of the Pulse shooting. Grant took the opportunity to not only wear a pin, but talk to classes about the meaning of the rainbow flag and make more pins available if students wanted to wear them.

Grant says he was later approached by the same administrator from before and retold that LGBTQ issues weren’t age-appropriate. In addition, Grant says the administrator made “veiled threats” about his job.

Afterwards, Grant was demoted from a “head teacher” to simply a teacher for the following year, and he wasn’t allowed to teach science.

To fight back, Grant decided to wear a rainbow pin for the rest of the year, which he says garnered him “eye rolls” and “scathing or disdainful tones of voice” from other teachers. He also says he received a New York Times piece in his faculty mailbox that argued schools should be more tolerant of conservative viewpoints.

After all that, Grant was fired the following year.

That said, the school denies the allegation put forth by Grant and his legal team.

They say Grant was fired because of low enrollment numbers leading to the need to fire someone and Grant was the only non-credentialed teacher.

"As a Montessori school, one of our guiding principles is that education needs to be an available choice to all students, no matter how they learn or who they are," Horovitz said. "We welcome and promote the diversity of our students, no matter their race, color, gender, or gender identity. If Mr. Grant is saying something different, he clearly did not understand the school, its practices and its beliefs."

Again, the complaint was only just filed this past Monday, so there’s no progress in court, But, we’ll keep you updated if the court agrees that the school’s firing of Grant was suspicious.

h/t: SalemNews

Berkshire Teacher Banned After Telling Students Gay People Are "Sick In The Head"

Science teacher Joshua Onduso has been convicted of saying offensive and homophobic words to his Berkshire students at The Reintegration Service for Moorside Community Center.

When asked by a pupil what he thought of gay people, Mr Onduso allegedly responded by saying: “Gay people have a disease.” He then pointed to his head and said: “They have something wrong upstairs.”

When another student then asked whether he thought gay people were like animals, Mr Onduso nodded and said that he did. He then allegedly added that they were “sick in the head”.

Mr Onduso’s defense lawyer argued to the professional-conduct panel at the National College for Teaching and Leadership that the reports of what Onduso said wasn’t his own but the words of teenagers in their retelling.

But, the panel didn’t accept that defense and later agreed with a witness who said if those comments were made up by students they would have contained more curse words.

As a report into the hearing states:

“The panel was therefore satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that Mr Onduso failed to demonstrate tolerance and respect for the rights and-or beliefs of others…

“Mr Onduso did not have proper and professional regard to the code of conduct of the school. He failed to act as a role model at all times.”

Eventually, Mr. Onduso was convicted as guilty of unacceptable professional conduct. This could even bring his teaching license into dispute.

Furthermore, Mr Onduso was banned from teaching indefinitely and now might have to additionally be reviewed for homophobic behavior.