As a former high school teacher, all I can think of was where were the teachers?
WPXI-TV reports that a group of students at McGuffey High School in Claysville, Pa., allegedly spread the news that if they were “anti-gay,” they were to wear a flannel shirt and write “Anti-Gay” on their hands.
The students allegedly organized the “Anti-Gay Day” on Thursday in response to the observance of the nationally recognized “Day of Silence” on Friday, where attention is called to gay and lesbian bullying and harassment in schools. LGBTQNATION.COM
Here is local news coverage of Thursday's activities.
The issue with public education is that everyone has a right to it, even the narrow minded that may never change. we hope that they may receive some book knowledge as well as common sense and humanity within our halls of academia, but some students are just so backwards and hopeless that even though you keep trying, you as well just have to figure out what to do with them in the mean time until they graduate. But to allow stupidity and hatred to go unchecked like this is awful, and unfortunately, not limited to this podunk town in Pennsylvania.
The superintendent of McGuffey School District, Dr. Erica Kolat, said they were continuing to investigate all allegations.
“We will follow our Student Code of Conduct, and file legal citations, as warranted,” said Kolat. “We resolve to ensure that all children can grow and learn in a safe, supportive environment free from discrimination.”
The harassment is apparently not over yet, however. Pittsburgh’s WPXI reported that in addition to wearing flannel shirts on Thursday, students wore orange on Friday and have another five days of “anti-gay” attire planned for next week. – NEWNOWNEXT.COM
Is it bad to say this doesn't surprise me? My teaching career had me in small rural high schools in Maine where plaid and flannels were the primary garb every day of the week, no organization needed. But to have students organizing anti-gay days which is apparently turning into anti gay weeks? The information is minimal from administrators and to that I say why? Do they feel it is the right of the students to hate? If they had organized to wear white bed sheets and scroll the n-word all over school, would that have been okay? Also, what are the teachers doing to combat this? Where are the teachers as their school receives national attention for being backwards and full of hate and discrimination? I've been in schools where atrocities were swept under the rug and my hands were tied, but to have your students participate in activities that are not so favorable new events, this has to be embarrassing. Or maybe the administration and teachers agree with the flannel wearing students and that is why activities were not stopped.
It's 2015 people. No matter where you are, you know this has to be wrong. I would be ashamed to be these kids parents and even more so their teachers.