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High school coach resigns over sexist, anti-gay survey, will retain job as guidance counselor

Saturday, November 12, 2011

CASPER, Wy. — A high school football coach in Buffalo, Wy., has resigned after distributing a mock survey entitled the “Hurt Feelings Report,” in which responses for players to check off included, “I am a pussy,” “I am a queer,” and “I am a little bitch.”

Pat Lynch

Pat Lynch, who had been head football coach at Buffalo High School for 13 years and had led the team to two state football championships, resigned from that position earlier this week, but the school board has allowed him to retain his position as a guidance counselor at the high school under administrative supervision, reported the Casper Star-Tribune.

In the aftermath, Johnson County School District 1 superintendent Dr. Rod Kessler was supportive of Lynch and the efforts to repair his reputation.

“[Lynch] screwed up, he screwed up big time,” Kessler said.

“The coaching, we didn’t want that to be the issue anymore. We wanted him to have his priority back where it was as a counselor.

“None of us are happy that it happened. It’s a black eye to the district. And it’s a black eye to Pat.”

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The board did, however, allow Lynch to continue in his position of guidance counselor at Buffalo High School, under administrative supervision.

“We’re going to work with Pat and have him continue doing the good things he was doing prior to this mistake,” Kessler said. “Our hope is that we can mend things we need to mend and gain back the trust and get the reputation that he needs to gain back as a professional.”

The superintendent said the intent Lynch had for the survey is not being revealed publicly, but that his “personal opinion was the intent wasn’t to harm. It was probably to be a joke or something like that.”

The community’s response to the school board’s action has been mixed, including some public outcry over Lynch being retained in the role of a counselor.

On parent said Lynch should have apologized to the players — not the school board.

The “Hurt Feelings” survey is here — click to enlarge:

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63 more reader comments:

  1. Isn’t it almost worse that he’s now a guidance counselor?

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:57am
  2. I don’t think he should be a guidance counselor.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:59am
  3. …why is he a counselor

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:59am
  4. I agree. There is no way he is able to offer objectional advice to teens trying to figureout who they are and where they want to be in life.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:59am
  5. This guy spews hate and bigotry in public and in front of school kids, resigns because of it, then gets re-appointed as a school COUNSELOR? WTF? Now he’s in a position to counsel students on how to hate, bully – whatever he wants – without supervision. It’s just hard to believe that this continues to happen.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:59am
  6. Um, wouldn’t it be better to keep him as a coach but NEVER let him be a counselor?

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:59am
  7. WHAT RETAINS JOB AS A COUNSELOR HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH COME ON

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:01am
  8. This dick is a guidance counselor? Seriously? Someone tell me this is an April Fools joke or something.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:01am
  9. How sad that I live here.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:02am
  10. I know, they are going to let him continue as a counselor!

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:03am
  11. He shouldn’t be retained at all.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:06am
  12. I know this was posted as an ‘outrage’ type piece, but the survey he gave to his team is actually quite funny! Un-acceptable in the context given, but amusing.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:06am
  13. Again i say, am i the only one that feels that this country is going crazy???

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:07am
  14. Ummm. Let the dick COACH…thats just a damn game. Guidance counselor…THATS dealing with lives!

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:07am
  15. smh.. after looking at that lil report…what is its purpose? He’s probably one of those leather boys undercover thats into sexual humilation fetish cause that’s just plain ridiculous

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:07am
  16. if he’s no longer the coach, and made those remarks he shouldn’t be able to be a guidance counselor either

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:08am
  17. This shit encourages bullying. FUCK THIS!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:11am
  18. i bet he´s a cocksucker himself.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:11am
  19. this is disgusting. I would never want him to be MY guidance counselor…and I’m glad he can spell the word “easily” correctly…

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:11am
  20. Breyana your not the only one he should never have been allowed to continue as guidence counsellor after the remarks he made it is works for the kids he is counselling now

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:12am
  21. It is just as disturbing that someone with that sort of judgement will continue as a guidance counselor. Oy vey!

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:13am
  22. Has anyone been able to post his “Hurt Feeling Report”? I would really like to post it but can’t get it up loaded. It is unbelievable that he is still a counselor at his school.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:14am
  23. seriously… as a guidance counselor?

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:14am
  24. Counseling kids how to hate properly. Yes something the schools definitely need to be doing.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:15am
  25. Oh nice..so he gets to “counsel” the kids that would take the most offense to his fucked up survey…That school board is setting themselves up for a nasty lawsuit keeping him employed at all

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:18am
  26. This is so f’n disturbing. I just can’t even comment!! Gross!!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:20am
  27. This is kind of sexist too… “I have woman like hormones,” and “Girly-man signature.” Why are feminine adjectives being used as insults? He’s not only a bigot but quite clearly a sexist as well.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:23am
  28. This man should not be a guidance counselor to any student!

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:24am
  29. Has this been forwarded to the aca or asca? He is certainly violating the codes of ethics as a counselor and would be stripped of his certification/licensure as a counselor, making it illegal to continue in his position as a school counselor.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:34am
  30. oh yeah it says sexist in the title :P oops. didnt read the title. this still makes me mad though!

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:35am
  31. think he hates himself enough?

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:37am
  32. not surprised at all. There are so many like this idiot in this world today. what a damn shame.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:38am
  33. A guidance counselor…….*blank stare*

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:40am
  34. damn, what next people. are people in charge of our youth really that ignorant! i think so!

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:41am
  35. eh… It just looks like something he found online, thought it was funny, because it is a little, and distributed it as a joke. You know how coaches are, they have to really lay on the alpha male thing like crazy to get the results they need. If he did create it, then that’s a different story. Ether way, it’s not cool. Even just as a joke, it’s just not cool. He should know better, and he should be punished, but I don’t think this alone qualifies him as an anti-gay monster, and I don’t think he should be crucified just to make an example of him. Let the man keep his job.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:48am
  36. Maybe he can counsel Joe Paterno.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:55am
  37. This is just sad that he is allowed to continue at the school in any function. It is just outrageous that they allow him a chance to save his reputation. If he was that worried about it then the jackoff should have never given his players that survey.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 12:00pm
  38. What a sensible, endearing ‘human being’..

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 12:07pm
  39. lee rodgers at http://radiorodgers.com is saying gay people are to blame for Gerald Sandusky molesting and raping boys. Check it out! What a loser.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 12:16pm
  40. Okay, I read the “Hurt Feelings Report” and I personally thought it was kind of funny. Feminine adjectives are a little insulting to me, as a woman, but I can understand how men would use them. It’s natural. It’s a bunch of freakin’ football players. It was probably designed as a joke, something to get the testosterone pumping. I don’t see why everyone is so upset about it. However, AS A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR, he should have known better. If he were just a football coach, and none of the students themsevles were offended, then I wouldn’t honestly have cared at all. Since everyone DOES seem so upset, the school probably should have sacked his guidance counselor job, and let him continue coaching. It sounds like he did make a great coach. Just a really poor counselor. But that’s just my thoughts. I agree with most people: Has the world gone totally crazy?

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 12:17pm
  41. Really? He is fired from coaching but gets to be the guidance counselor? Pretty much guarantees that none of the LGBTQ teens at that school are going to go to the counselor’s office, ever.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 12:19pm
  42. R u serious he’s a guidance counselor? The excuse is that was a joke? Who the f.. is laughing? With guidance counselors like that no wonder kids are been bullied and killing themselves.. What the f.. is wrong with people?? They are going to supervise him as he ‘guides’ this kids?? I am so stuned. He’s not a coach anymore but continues as GC?? WTF??????

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 12:19pm
  43. I think he needs a guidance counselor.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 1:10pm
  44. he’s being retained as a counselor? that’s insane!

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 1:17pm
  45. They are letting him continue to be guidance counselor? Seriously? He ought to be fired!

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 1:34pm
  46. If he was anti-gay, then he should resign!

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 1:35pm
  47. He looks like his night job might have him wearing a white hat and sheet.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 2:38pm
  48. This guy shouldn’t work with kids in any way! Get him out of the school where he can do no more damage! <3 maria <3

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 3:26pm
  49. Have you seen the “This Coach Needs to Go Petition!” at Care2? The goal of “We demand equality and respect for Gay people in Wyoming” is 1,000 signatures: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/this-coach-needs-to-go/

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 3:46pm
  50. he should’ve been fired altogether but i did find that survey funny :P

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 5:02pm
  51. This is so absurd why is this man working in schools at all?

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 5:04pm
  52. guess now he can guide the into homophobia, what a a hole

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 5:14pm
  53. They called this a “mistake”? A mistake is putting bleach in your bright colored laundry load.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 9:42pm
  54. he’s a counselor??? and somehow that’s better?

    Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 5:20am
  55. Oh sure that makes perfect sense…idiots!

    Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 10:14am
  56. I can’t believe you can’t see this was a joke! Football players are not supposed to get hurt feelings when playing or practicing football. I believe the coach used this joke form to make a point in a funny way. There is no way this form was to be treated seriously because it is so offensive. I believe the point probably was that when the coaching staff yells, screams and has a fit because you screwed up a play, you are only supposed to try much harder, not take it personally and cry and run home an tell mommy. Also, the man in question is a counselor who also coaches football, not a football coach that got fired as a coach so was hired back as a counselor. Coaches at the high school level don’t get paid much and usually do it because of their love for both the game and the kids. I really think you good people have blown this mans moment of poor judgement in his career out of proportion.

    Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 10:38am
  57. He should lose his job as a counselor too!

    Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 11:44am
  58. I feel I should add that if this guy is really homophobic, he should not be counseling kids. I just can see how a mistake in judgement like this can happen. He should be in trouble, but treated fairly. I am sure his reputation as a counselor was and is under great scrutiny and rightly so!

    Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 11:53am
  59. Yeah that is definitely better. Idiots.

    Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 3:12pm
  60. This guy is resigning for sexist, anti-gay survey though will retain his job as a GUIDANCE COUNSELOR??? If there’s a where one should be empathic, it is guidance councelor. That guy should be fired from that position.

    Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 5:01pm
  61. He isn’t fit to Guide anyone.

    Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 8:04pm
  62. I feel horrible for any LGBTQ child or young woman who winds up with HIM as their counselor… Good God.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 7:27am
  63. I think that this survey is awesome. It is a shame that we have so many thin skinned people. I love the part where it says “I am a queer”…. LOL that is hilarious

    Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 7:43am