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Indiana: student gay tolerance editorial puts teacher's job on the line

Remember Megan Chase, the student at Woodlan Junior-Senior High School who wrote an eloquent editorial in her school paper that called for tolerance and understanding? She said:

I can only imagine how hard it would be to come out as homosexual in today’s society. I think it is so wrong to look down on those people, or to make fun of them, just because they have a different sexuality than you. There is nothing wrong with them or their brain; they’re just different than you. I’ve heard some people say that they think there is a cure to being homosexual. I can’t believe anyone would think that. It’s not a disease, or something that you catch from someone else; it’s something that they don’t have control over. In saying that, I also believe that homosexuality is not a choice. Almost everyone that I talk to says that a person chooses to be gay or straight. That, again, is something that I believe to be very wrong. If people made the choice to be homosexual, there wouldn’t be anyone who committed suicide because they were too afraid of what people would think of them, and kids wouldn’t be afraid of being disowned if they came out to their parents.

This set the principal, Edwin Yoder off his rocker, writing a letter to the staff of the paper, and to the journalism teacher Amy Sorrell, accusing her insubordination and subjecting her students to “inappropriate material.” My post on that is here.

Guess what? The Hoosier homobigots won’t quit. Administrators are mulling whether to fire Sorrell, placing her on paid leave while they decide her fate

English and journalism teacher Amy Sorrell was told Monday that she was being placed on leave while the district investigates allegations that could lead to terminating her contract.

She said she doesn’t know what the investigation is about or why she is being placed on leave. “I’m assuming it’s with this whole mess of all this other stuff, but I really don’t see how it got this far,” Sorrell said.

The school also changed its student newspaper policy, asserting that the publisher of the newspaper is the principal and must review the content prior to publication. That didn’t sit well with the students, and the principal’s office dragged its feet when the content was presented for review, so the students killed the paper rather than be subject to Yoder’s whims.

Gary at Advance Indiana has more.

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