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Teacher suspended after discussion with student about gay, raci...

There are 196 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Jun 5, 2007, titled Teacher suspended after discussion with student about gay, raci.... In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

A Metro Nashville middle school teacher with a long history of opposing gay bias was suspended without pay for asking a black student how she would feel if he called her by a racial slur.

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SHANNON

Miami, FL

#1 Jun 5, 2007
just to let everybody know, just in case you didnt, the word "gay" is used in many different ways now. usually in a slang term meaning someone is being silly or doing something silly. it in no way has anything to do with anybody that is "gay". peole need to lighten up. not everything is meant to be a predjudice remark.
Randy Mabry

United States

#2 Jun 5, 2007
It seems that Henry was not using this opportunity to "educate about offensive words" but to draw attention to his sexual preference and lifestyle choice. Is brain washing, I mean diversity training now required for children as well? A NY court just ruled that expletives are okay to use on tv because it falls under artistic expression and freedom of speech. That "gay" expression was accepted freely by the gay community on "Will and Grace" and the "n" word is freely used an accepted in black culture. We're all a bunch of hypocrites.
The Boondock Saint

United States

#3 Jun 5, 2007
I like how they use "racial slur" or "N-word". But they have no problem printing "Cracker". In my opinion that is "GAY"
Stinger

Smyrna, TN

#4 Jun 5, 2007
"The student responded by saying,'How would you feel if I called you a cracker?'"
"I teach my children not to use that word...."
Let me get this straight. She does not teach her children to use what word? The word that is offensive to blacks? It appears she does teach her children to use other racial slurs though. Hmmmmm? Back to that old double standard. How sad for our society.
sigmund freud is god

Merritt Island, FL

#5 Jun 5, 2007
The Boondock Saint wrote:
I like how they use "racial slur" or "N-word". But they have no problem printing "Cracker". In my opinion that is "GAY"
i was thinkin the samething. so did he actually use the "n" word?

its hard to tell from this gay=biased article
Been There Myself

Fort Worth, TX

#6 Jun 5, 2007
That teacher's main mistake is to be caught trying to earn a living in Tennessee. He needs to get out of hell and go live somewhere he can be considered a human being.
Baby Jane

United States

#7 Jun 5, 2007
This has nothing to do with gays or blacks or crackers. This is just another example of political correctness going amuck, and a parent looking for a reason to be offended and, probably, also trying to figure out how to get some money for being so offended. Apparently the student was pretty quick to come back with her own offensive remark, so Mom still has a lot of teaching to do. They all sound like a bunch of nuts.
Matt up North

Oak Ridge, TN

#8 Jun 5, 2007
I feel the teacher found a way to express his sexual preference and wanted his views to be known that the 'homosexual' lifestyle is acceptable, which to many, it is not. It back fired on him though and I think that is really funny. Gay does have many meanings now. I feel he was taking his opportunity to say "I am here, I am queer, I am loud and I am proud and you have to swallow it and like it." He doesn't need to be a teacher. They should fire him.
just me

Columbia, SC

#9 Jun 5, 2007
Just one more reason my children will never be enrolled in the public school system. So many of the teachers are using positions of authority to further their political agendas and beliefs by trying to "brain wash" our children. Sixth grade children are way too young and impressionable to have this kind of discussion.
taxpayer

Wilson, NC

#10 Jun 5, 2007
I agree with Baby Jane. This world is too politically correct and you people get offended too easily. Get real people and stop pointing fingers at everyone else and look at yourselves. Stop judging others. It should be about helping others and trying to get people headed in the right direction. When did everyone stop helping others? Everyone needs to learn acceptance of others.
Jay

Knoxville, TN

#11 Jun 5, 2007
Oh please...the issue here isn't gay rights, race issues, or anything else. The article gives that impression, but really the bottom line is a teacher had an inappropriate conversation with a 6th grader. The key issue here being her age...if anything, he should have contacted the principle and the parents if he felt she was saying/doing things that were inappropriate. Especially when it deals with such sensitive topics. He allowed his activist side to get the better of him, though, and he became a little too proactive. I don't think he meant to insult the girl, he was just trying to use an analogy that would put it into perspective for her, and it backfired. He used very poor judgment in his choice of words.
Whatever

United States

#12 Jun 5, 2007
just me wrote:
Just one more reason my children will never be enrolled in the public school system. So many of the teachers are using positions of authority to further their political agendas and beliefs by trying to "brain wash" our children. Sixth grade children are way too young and impressionable to have this kind of discussion.
You are a freakin' idiot! He made a great point to this kid, whether he is gay or not! Doesn't matter. Do you think there are no gay people in private school. I am certainly not gay. Married with children, but I certainly believe that gay people have every right the same as me. It is amazing to me that they wasted any time on this situation, other than patting him on the back for correcting this girl's language and attitude. Worry about all the drugs and sex and bullying and allow teachers to actually "teach" kids how to be respectful. It seems no one is interested in teaching that these days.
Right Wing Lunatic

United States

#13 Jun 5, 2007
Obviously, the teacher was offended by the student's comments because he's gay.
Whatever

United States

#14 Jun 5, 2007
Do you honestly think 6th grade doesn't know and understand sex and gay life??? Are you on crack?

Maybe your child just doesn't feel comfortable discussing it with YOU. Believe me they know these things in 4th and 5 th grade now. Wake up to the world around you!!!
sigmund freud is god

Merritt Island, FL

#15 Jun 5, 2007
Whatever wrote:
Do you honestly think 6th grade doesn't know and understand sex and gay life??? Are you on crack?
Maybe your child just doesn't feel comfortable discussing it with YOU. Believe me they know these things in 4th and 5 th grade now. Wake up to the world around you!!!
ur just a pervert to assume 6th graders know all about gay sex. normal 6h graders are not thinking this. and shud not be forceable exposed to it by a gay teacher. its obvious as to how u were raised, but dont assume its the norm
just me

Columbia, SC

#16 Jun 5, 2007
It is okay to be intolerant, some times. Because some things are just STUPID.

This guy has every legal right to be a homosexual, but he does not have the right to teach my children about homosexual rights when it goes against my beliefs.

And of course our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders know about sex, homsexuality, and all kinds of perversions, because most parents nowdays do absolutely nothing to protect their children's innocence.
Debbie

Knoxville, TN

#17 Jun 5, 2007
"Baby Jane" This has nothing to do with gays or blacks or crackers. This is just another example of political correctness going amuck, and a parent looking for a reason to be offended and, probably, also trying to figure out how to get some money for being so offended. Apparently the student was pretty quick to come back with her own offensive remark, so Mom still has a lot of teaching to do. They all sound like a bunch of nuts."

I completely agree Baby Jane!!!

“Absolutely no regrets.”

Since: Apr 07

Akron, OH

#18 Jun 5, 2007
I bet she'll never say THAT again...
(eyeroll)

“the baby who would be king!!!!”

Since: Jan 07

fort worth

#19 Jun 5, 2007
just me wrote:
Just one more reason my children will never be enrolled in the public school system. So many of the teachers are using positions of authority to further their political agendas and beliefs by trying to "brain wash" our children. Sixth grade children are way too young and impressionable to have this kind of discussion.
leave the brainwashing of children to their parents and churches !

“Oh, it's what you do to me.”

Since: Apr 07

PoDunk, IN

#20 Jun 5, 2007
sigmund freud is god wrote:
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ur just a pervert to assume 6th graders know all about gay sex. normal 6h graders are not thinking this. and shud not be forceable exposed to it by a gay teacher. its obvious as to how u were raised, but dont assume its the norm
Maybe things in the 40's were different. But when I was in 6th grade, you'd be surprised at the things kids my age knew and did. And they are discovering things sooner and sooner even since then.

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