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Superintendent: Anti-gay teacher was ‘expressing her First Amendment rights’

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

HYMERA, Ind. — An Indiana school district said Tuesday that a special education teacher who said that gays have no purpose and that LGBT teens were “offensive,” was simply “expressing her First Amendment rights.”

Diana Medley, a teacher at North Central Junior/Senior High School, told WTWO-TV on Sunday that the idea of LGBT teens attending a prom was “offensive,” adding that she believes homosexuality is a choice, and that no one is born gay.

Diana Medley (via WTWO-TV)

As LGBTQ Nation reported Sunday, Medley was among a group of parents and students who met to plan a “traditional” prom for local high school students that would exclude gays.

In the interview with WTWO-TV, Medley said that gays served no purpose in life, and equated LGBT teens to students with developmental disabilities.

“It’s the same thing with my special-needs kids,” she said. “I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason.”

On Tuesday, Dr. Mark A. Baker, Superintendent of the Northeast School Corporation, where Medley works, issued this statement:

In regards to the story that WTWO aired on February 10, 2013, the Northeast School Corporation employee that was interviewed was expressing her First Amendment rights. The views expressed are not the views of the Northeast School Corporation and/or the Board of Education.

These comments were expressed during a Sunday community meeting at a local church and at no time was she representing the Northeast School Corporation. The teacher was participating in a meeting with her local church congregation.

Plans by the group to hold a “traditional” prom exclusive of gay students have been met by outrage by LGBT advocates around the country, including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and activist Dan Savage, founder of the “It Gets Better” project.

Savage called Medley a “mentally challenged special ed teacher” and has called for her termination.

“Take a good look at the condescending, hateful smirk that spreads across Medley’s face when she was asked if gay people have a purpose in life … and then imagine you’re a gay kid in special ed in Sullivan and this hateful bigot is your teacher,” Savage wrote on his blog earlier this week.

Baker’s statement gives no indication that the school district plans to take any action against Medley.

A petition calling for Medley to be fired has been signed by more than 10,000 people as of Tuesday afernoon.

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  1. Can she do it and NOT sound like a hateful asshole?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:18pm
  2. it is true, sadly

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:18pm
  3. So I guess we can say what ever we want about her. It’s our right!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:18pm
  4. But she shouldn’t be influencing children with her negativity.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:19pm
  5. Cry me a creek!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:19pm
  6. Well, it’s my equally protected opinion that she is a dangerous gash with an ugly smile.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:19pm
  7. HATE

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:20pm
  8. That’s ridiculous. You shouldn’t be able to spout hateful nonsense, especially a teacher referring to her students, and be able to hide behind the 1st amendment. If that were so, then there would be zero grounds for slander and libel lawsuits. They’re just using free speech, right? If she feels that strongly about gay students, she needs a new job.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:21pm
  9. Oh fucking please, how many times has that sheep skin been used for fucking bigots to hate?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:22pm
  10. This woman’s horrible!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:22pm
  11. Regardless what she thinks her Amendment rights are, she is still breaching the separation of Church and State not to mention going against the Declaration of Independence that states every American has the right to pursue happiness.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:22pm
  12. She should be ashamed.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:22pm
  13. Folks, First Admendment doesn’t mean she’s only allowed to speak if she’s not an idiot and a Bigot. We are able to protest and change the world cause they couldn’t make us “shut-up”. Feel Pity and disgust for her, but let’s all make sure she isn’t stopped from sounding like a complete idiotic bigot if she wants to!

    I may disagree with what she is saying but I’ll fight to let her say it out loud

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:23pm
  14. She needs to express herself as an educated person and had to realize her comment would cause this, she has the right to say it, she still needs to resign her postition, what th school board is saying is BULL, if they do nothing they are just as guilty and do not support the gay teens in their district, this is just another form of bullying, unfortunatley by the person who is supposed to protect the from bullying

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:23pm
  15. sew the school district. if a gay teacher had pulled this stunt they would have been fired

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:23pm
  16. a teacher does not have a first ammendment right to denegrate students.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:23pm
  17. People have a right to voice their personal opinions. They do not have the right to set hateful policies. And other people have the right to say what they want about hateful people.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:23pm
  18. Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:24pm
  19. Hiding behind the ‘First Amendment’ is code for ‘I f*cking hate you and I’m gonna tell you so’.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:24pm
  20. Words have consequences.. The First Amendment doesn’t make it okay to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater, either.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:24pm
  21. “blacks serve no purpose and them attending prom with white kids is offensive. they are little better than people with developmental disabilities.”

    not cool, right? this ladies comments are NO different

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:24pm
  22. My opinion, your First amendment right ends when you claim some one has no purpose, ESPECIALLY KIDS

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:24pm
  23. I’d like to bitch-slap that smirk off her sorry face.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:24pm
  24. Ahh when are they going to take hate speech and malicious intent out of the bill of rights. I hope the legality of it helps her sleep at night because her morals and ethics need to be retaught. Ugh this whole segregated prom business is just sick. I hope someone makes sure those kids know they are loved.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:24pm
  25. How about I smack the smirk off her fucking face.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:25pm
  26. She is just as ugly and hateful as her soul is…it is not her place to say why god put a person here or what their purpose is..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:25pm
  27. So it’s also her First Amendment right to belittle Blacks and call them niggers?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:26pm
  28. How ignorant!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:27pm
  29. No she is a freaking ignorant —— fill in what ever adjective you’d like. One thing is expressing your opinion and another is demanding a separate “traditional prom” as she and those retarded parents put it. She should be fired and license taken away

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:28pm
  30. seriously… lets just substitute the word ‘black’ or ‘hispanic’ for ‘homosexual’ in her comments, and would we even be having this conversation??

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:28pm
  31. and her GOD is teaching her hate and bigotry. She has no purpose in life and is looking for 5 minutes of fame. Fire her and ignore her. She will climb back under the rock she came from

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:29pm
  32. Churches are the problem. They preach about first amendment rights only if those rights mean you can speak out only if you are spewing vile hatred and “get rid of the gays fer jeezus, fo’ they take our gunz!” I have yet to find a church for my Christian daughter that hasn’t taught hate right from the pulpit.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:30pm
  33. always nice ……you can say what you want and say it is my right to say it no matter ……BULL SH*T it isn’t her right to spew HATE out of her MOUTH

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:30pm
  34. you know..that is what white supremacists say…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:31pm
  35. Closet car

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:31pm
  36. Sorry closet case

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:31pm
  37. No, let her hide behind the 1st amendment…so long as students can tell her how foolish she really is.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:32pm
  38. Well, he’s right, she was, but that doesn’t make what she said any less offensive or ignorant, nor does it protect her from the scorn of millions of people.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:33pm
  39. It’s more than just expressing when you ACTIVELY try to ban something.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:38pm
  40. Of course she was. That isn’t the issue. The issue is does she have a right to expect to be on the public payroll when she is disparaging some of the students she is entrusted with teaching and protecting. Contrast this cowardly teacher who said that some of her students “served no purpose” with the brave teachers and administrators who put themselves between the gunman in Connecticut and their students.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:39pm
  41. If she says homosexuals are not allowed…then who’s next? Special needs? Down’s Syndrome? Who’s next, Bitch? I am deaf and I have a 2nd cousin who’s Down’s. Who’s next, Bitch? I am not allowed to a prom cuz I am deaf??? Thank goodness for my HS who allowed special needs students to attend. :-) Whoooot Belpre High School! :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:39pm
  42. Fire her

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:41pm
  43. Hate and Bigotry is in the syllabus for Indiana schools. Hmmmmm

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:42pm
  44. I hope she loses her job! HATE does not deserve to serve in places such as Schools!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:42pm
  45. As a teacher your job is to teach and educate young children. I don’t think it is a good idea to say that you believe gay people have no purpose in life, and you don’t understand it. It? You may have students with two mothers, or two fathers, or who may be gay themselves. Yeah it may be her first amendment to say what she feels, but she is also employed by the general public who pay taxes to provide her with a job. Some of which I am sure our gay and lesbian. However they have no purpose. Hmmm.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:43pm
  46. Then let me express my First Amendment Rights: SHE is an offensive ignorant BITCH!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:46pm
  47. But she isn’t infringing on anyone’s rights by saying what she said. Sure, it was stupid and bigoted, but it didn’t impact anyone’s rights. As long as the “private traditional prom” she wanted to start wasn’t funded by state money and was voluntary, she has every right to exclude anyone she wants.

    That being said, I still think she embodies the phrase “stupid cunt,” but I can’t say that she did anything illegal. As long as she didn’t say that during her job hours, it’s her opinion and not school policy.

    I think that certain people are lazy, stupid, ignorant, etc, but as long as I’m not expressing those opinions on company time, I have every right to say them, even if it’s still a bad idea.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:48pm
  48. Sounds like you queers are the real haters!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:48pm
  49. They are people!!! Not gays they are children… it’s called bullying!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:49pm
  50. All that being said, I still completely disagree with her words and actions and find them very offensive. I just can’t say she did anything illegal.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:50pm
  51. Yes, Chris Elliott, she has the right to say them. However, that doesn’t mean that she has the right to keep her job. This is not directed at you, just a general statement….many people seem to think that the right to free speech means you can say or do anything without repurcussions. Well, as a federal employee, I assure you, there are plenty of things I can say and do ON MY OWN TIME that would result in me losing my job. Nothing illegal, mind you….just exercising my rights. Employers have the right to determine that an employee doesn’t meet the standards of employment at any time, and that is THEIR right…even a school district…if an employee, a teacher in this case, shows a clear inability to treat ALL their students with respect.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:52pm
  52. Well me express my First Amendment rights! @!#! you. And that goes for you too Andrew.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:53pm
  53. Hateful, extremist bigot.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:53pm
  54. Since when is Hate Speech protected in teachers? What if she said some ethnic minority served no purpose? What is it these people don’t understand?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:53pm
  55. She is, indeed. But I would like her school district to investigate how she treats (or would treat) any of her special needs kids who might be gay? Is she just going to put them in a corner and not work with them because they have no purpose? She doesn’t belong in a schoolroom with those views.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:56pm
  56. So people who are unable to have children are useless too. Good point well played bigot well played!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:01pm
  57. you can be fired for being gay, but you can’t get fired for THAT? There is nothing wrong with being gay. There is everything wrong with being a hateful, ignorant human being.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:01pm
  58. A speech about teaching HATE is not a right!!! Kids get suspended all the time for this and teachers should not be exempt!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:02pm
  59. Here is me telling this bitch what I think, expressing MY first amendment right!! EFF YOU bigot!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:11pm
  60. not in a class room

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:13pm
  61. fucktard alert!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:19pm
  62. Just have a fag prom….stop hating straight people you intolerant pigs!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:23pm
  63. That is such bullsht. There is something that goes along with freedom of speech. It’s called accountability. She needs to be sitting in a student’s chair and let another more qualified teacher take her seat.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:23pm
  64. Yes, she was. And now she’s dealing with the other side of the First Amendment, living with the consequences of your speech!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:26pm
  65. Wow! Andrew Pratt, thank you for that articulate suggestion of just having a “fag prom”. Let me guess, you’re white, straight and Christian? You know A LOT about social oppression…. Go spread your hate elsewhere. We “fags” have work to do.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:29pm
  66. She should be supporting her students who are looking for someone to support them!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:32pm
  67. dear thomas alex… niggers call themselves niggers, listen to any rap song recorded between 1991-2013 ask the starving people in ethiopia what they think of this whole thing… i bet they wont give a shit, first world problems, who fucking cares what this bitch said as long as homosexuals dont start docking in front of me who fucking cares…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:33pm
  68. Dear Greg…yes…yes….no…I’m merely pointing out that your free to be queer outside this event….you deviants could shut up and bum blast each other all night long for all anybody cares….but spreading your intolerance of white straight proud people….you are what you claim to be against….a repressive hater!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:37pm
  69. AND ANOTHER THING!!! if kids arent allowed to drink before 21, smoke before 21 or even have sex before 18… they shouldnt be allowed to suck each other off in high school anyway…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:38pm
  70. So she can express her freedom of speech rights, but the hell with human rights? Hmmm……

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:38pm
  71. I hope she gets promoted for her views….this teacher speaks the truth!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:40pm
  72. Homosexuality is found in over 400 species, Homophobia is found in ONE

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:41pm
  73. can this andrew pratt person be banned? And can anyone tell me why he likes this page other than to intrude on our right to view this as wrong?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:41pm
  74. mine is she should leave the planet on the first flight to the sun

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:43pm
  75. If your sensing some hatred here Andrew, it’s because we’re just not going to take it anymore. Why are you on this page? A stalker or just to cause drama. All of us LGBTQ have real issues to deal with. Now mosey on out of here.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:43pm
  76. He (Andrew Pratt) has nothing better to do than “butt blast” his hate and ignorance all over the Internet. I wonder if he loves anyone… If he knows what true love is. If he did, he would know that love know no gender.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:44pm
  77. jay collins… you realize you just called “homosexuals” animals right??? and your right homophobia is only found in one… human… and dont you DARE bring dolphin’s into this!!!!! you heartless being!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:45pm
  78. I think andrew Pratt gives more head than mount rushmore and secretly hates himself

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:46pm
  79. I support the first amendment – the right to say what’s on your mind. That doesn’t give her or anyone else the right to exclude people.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:46pm
  80. A) if they aren’t the views of the school district why the hell would you let her go on air and say such stupid shit? B) if it was during a “Sunday local church meeting” , why the hell were cameras and reporters there? Do all church meetings require the press? Dumb ass superintendent.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:46pm
  81. The KKK expresses their First Amendment rights too, but that doesn’t mean we have to put them in front of a classroom.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:48pm
  82. Where did Andrew Pratt go? Did the fags, dykes and trannies scare him away? Or was it the truth?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:51pm
  83. I’d like to find a site for proud white people but we get banned for our pride….you people are the intolerant haters because we won’t succumb to your stupid views!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:52pm
  84. No, we’re finally standing up for ourselves. I AM a proud white person too. I’m also a proud vegetarian…proud husband…..proud artist….proud son…….proud uncle….proud American.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:56pm
  85. And I think this magical site you’re looking for is either godhatesfag.com or kkk.org.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:58pm
  86. Sorry Greg….not into religion…I have black friends….and before you throw the nazi word….I like Jewish people

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 5:00pm
  87. I didn’t know being a bigot was in the Bill of Rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:22pm
  88. Replace “LGBT Teens” with “Jews” or “Muslims,” etc. and see how fast her and the 1st Amendment would carry her! She would then be exercising her rights right on the unemployment line.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:22pm
  89. … B.S.!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:23pm
  90. She WAS expressing her First Amendment rights. Just as I’m expressing her First Amendment rights when I call her a loathsome c*nt and hope she contracts a debilitating and fatal disease that leaves her lingering on the edge of death long enough for her to ask, repeatedly, why her imaginary friend is doing this to her.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:25pm
  91. Nutjob!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:26pm
  92. and I am going to use my first amendment right as well: Bitch, you sound stupid. And it’s offensive and it hurts an innocent minority that is slowly becoming equal to that of the majority.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:33pm
  93. I’m more concerned at this point about the competence of the superintendent than I am about the idiot teacher. The critique of the teacher and her inane and dangerous comments has nothing to do with first amendment rights. It has everything to do with her suitability as a teacher of children.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:33pm
  94. Ok fine she’s expressing her 1st amendment right but a child has a right freedom from religion. Which her opinions are based on.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:34pm
  95. Rights are not ever unrestricted ~ there is no unfettered right of speech in the workplace.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:36pm
  96. And yet you forgot to act like an adult! There are ways to express your opinion in a respectful manner. You just wanted to be a bitch just to be a bitch.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:46pm
  97. Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:46pm
  98. While she is working, or while she is working on school policies or events, she is representing the school not herself and thus her first amendment rights are not in play. She has no right to express negative opinions about students while identifying herself as a teacher at a particular school. This conflicts with their rights to a safe space to learn where they are free from religious oppression, bullying and having their private lives discussed, especially their sexuality. This superintendent is desperately trying to make this go away when he should be firing that mean nasty creature.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:48pm
  99. Expressing her opinions and exercising her first amendment rights. Come on, superintendent, get it straight. But really, this whole debacle is absurd. How have we not gotten past this?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:48pm
  100. what I want to call her is not permissable in polite company, so I will go with my original one,, this ignorant bitch deserves to be fired and reduced to being a coctail waitress in some cheesy diner someplace ( just expressing my rights ya kno )

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:51pm
  101. She needs to be picketed!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:54pm
  102. First amendment rights and freedom of religions, whether we agree or not, allow peopel to excercise their opinions and pratice their religious beliefs with out fear of being targeted for having them. A person should not be fired for being religious, gay, black, green or transgemder or for having an opinion that others do not agree with. A person should be fired if they physically harm a person or allow their religious beliefs or life style to intefer with their job. I do not like what this lady had to say at all. Every person has a purpose, god is perfect and he does mot make mistakes. He loves all of us. We are all here walking the earth for a reason, we should not judge one another, but instead embrace one another and simply respect each other. This lady says she is a christian, but she is not. She is very confused and needs to see the light. She is confused with gods word. Peace to everyone. True christians know, love your neighbor, do not judge. God does not make mistakes. Gays were born this way, because that is how god made them. He made all of us the way we are for thwe sole purpose of loving one another and learning from one another.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:54pm
  103. She has a right to say whatever nonsense she wants… She is not allowed to act on her opinions when they harm others.

    I don’t care if she says that Jesus will personally come back and eat the soul of every gay person and animal on earth… That is not justification for discrimination.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:03pm
  104. Dumb and Dumber…..this explains the attitude. The higher-ups are perpetuating this absurd attitude…..now everything is freedom of speech, or something related to the Bill of Rights….IMBECILES.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:03pm
  105. I remember when most Christians considered dancing to be a sin. Was that community meeting in her church intended for planning a prom?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:25pm
  106. Thus woman shouldn’t be teaching children.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:31pm
  107. When one learns how to read and study the various books of the Bible in their historical contexts and tries to understand the world view of each of the books’ authors, one will find that there is no condemnation of homosexuals in the Scriptures. In the original Hebrew and Greek Scripture texts, there is NO word that means “sodomite” in them. If you have a bible with the word “homosexual” it, it is a mistranslation.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:31pm
  108. Stacy, she was at a community meeting in a religious organization attempting to affect the policy of the school where she works in a religious setting. She is not allowed to do that.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:33pm
  109. As Ruth Gordon says in “Harold and Maude”. Everyone has the right to make an ass of themselves. This woman is obviously a STRONG believer in exercising her rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:43pm
  110. This dingaling keeps her job.. meanwhile, a teacher in Cincinnati was just FIRED merely for supporting gay marriage!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:52pm
  111. As a bisexual I find this completely bigot & she should be fired. My religious upbringing sends my kind to hell,but didn’t Jesus teach acceptance & love. This women is the reason so many are scared to embrace who they are. I haven’t come out all to most people where I live because this type of hate scares me.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 3:23pm
  112. Gay’s are just as diverse, intolerant, upstanding & tragic as their straight counterparts. People talk about a “gay agenda” – this should be on everyone’s agenda – an abbreviated passage from the Declaration of Independence – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” In 29 states, people can be fired simply for being gay regardless of their education, experience or job performance; servicemen & women can be dismissed from the military regardless of their qualifications, dedication & courage; and partners are unable to see their better halves in the hospital regardless of the love, commitment & life they share. Wanting to be judged by the content of one’s character isn’t a special right, it’s a constitutional one guaranteed by the 14th & 15th amendments. And yet, 145 years since the abolition of slavery, 90 years since women were allowed to vote & 20 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act, we’re still involved in McCarthy-like investigations, holding Briggs-like elections & taking opinion polls based solely upon “what” someone is as opposed to “who” they are. It’s sad. We’re such a great nation, still full of great hope & promise & yet we keep being tripped up by ignorance, which leads to fear & then eventually hate. Being gay isn’t a choice, but being a bigot certainly is.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 3:37pm
  113. she is a complete ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 3:41pm
  114. a hater has no purpose serving the special needs of special students. get her out of the school system!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 3:43pm
  115. This doesn’t sound like a public school. If it’s a private school, or a privately-run public school, do they attract this kind of faculty?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:17pm
  116. And neither does she, but if she had a close relative that was gay things would be different right!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:25pm
  117. SHE WAS BORN GAY?? OH WAIT… NO?! SO SHE KNOWS? OH WAIT NO?! UM… IM CONFUSED!!!? WHAT A DOOFUS!! WHAT DOES SHE CARE!? OH WAIT… SERIOUSLY?! OH WAIT…. LMFAO!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:47pm
  118. I would hate to be a gay student in her class. What if she expressed her first amendment rights during her job interview? Would she have gotten the job in the first place? hummm

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 6:04pm
  119. And my mom was saying how she’d be fired

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 6:51pm
  120. Substitute the word Christians for gays and imagine a teacher saying something like that in Indiana and keeping their job. How privileged she must feel to have access to special rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7:19pm
  121. Just because you have the RIGHT to say something, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Does anyone care how that horrible woman’s comments impacts her students? If I were a parent there, I sure as hell would be making that point to the school until they did something about her and her filthy mouth.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7:38pm
  122. Fire the heffer. The first amendment does not allow bigotry.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7:54pm