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Teacher suspended for letting student play pro-gay equality song to class

10:34 pm - 11/29/2012
A teacher at a school in South Lyon, Michigan has been suspended without pay for allowing a student to play a song about gay love to his class.

Susan Johnson, a performing arts teacher told Fox News that an eigth grade student at South Lyon’s Centennial Middle School asked if he could play a song to a class of 13 and 14 year-olds.

“I asked him a few questions about the song. If it was violent, if there was any profanity, and he said no. And I said this sounds like a great song to go ahead and use for the class,” the teacher told the network.

The song, “Same Love” is by rapper Ben Maclemore that talks of the dangers of hate and stereotype by describing the struggle of a gay man from birth to death.

“This is one of the things in my school that we’re trying to practice and we’re trying to instill in our students is tolerance to diversity,” she said.

After a student disagreed with the message of tolerance, they went to the principal who immediately suspended the teacher without pay.

“I don’t think that it was really even thought through,” she said. “I was paralyzed. I really didn’t understand why I was being suspended.”

The local authorities gave her paperwork that explained that she was suspended because the song is “controversial” because it contains content about homosexuality. Michigan has a constitutional state ban on same-sex marriage. The state outlawed anal sex (for gay and straight couples) until the US Supreme Court ruled that such bans were illegal in 2003.

Ms Johnson said:”I really love my kids and I never want to hurt them, but I also know that there’s a lot of bullying and there’s a lot of gay bashing and racial issues going on in our country and I want the kids to feel comfortable in my class no matter who they are.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are now investigating the case.

source, also, video for the song in question (warning, may cause all sorts of feels and unexpected rain on faces)
pleasure_past 30th-Nov-2012 09:32 am (UTC)
the song is “controversial” because it contains content about homosexuality.

Okay, I kind of want to file the complaint to end all complaints against my Colorado high school right now for all of the books I had to read about heterosexuality, and all of the songs I had to sing about heterosexuality, and all of the tests I had to take on heterosexual sex, and all of the movies I had to watch about heterosexuality. Really, I had so much ~controversial~ material pushed onto me that I just don't know where to begin! DAMMIT, PEOPLE, WHAT ABOUT MY RIGHT TO LIVE IN A WORLD WITHOUT CISHETS?!
natyanayaki 30th-Nov-2012 10:24 am (UTC)
If I didn't love my HS so much, I would seriously consider bringing such a law suit just to make a point. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if some day a genius high schooler thought of this (in response to something like this) and goes forward with it, even if it's just to make the point.
pleasure_past 30th-Nov-2012 10:33 am (UTC)
If I didn't come from an impoverished PoC-majority rural district that needs its money for things that aren't lawyers, I also might seriously consider doing it to make a point. I just hope that if someone does do this to prove a point, it's to a district that can afford it.
natyanayaki 30th-Nov-2012 10:44 am (UTC)
I just hope that if someone does do this to prove a point, it's to a district that can afford it.

Good point.
redstar826 30th-Nov-2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
given budget cuts, there are few districts with lots of spare cash sitting around. Even 'wealthy' districts are making cuts. And it is only going to get worse as more and more legislation passes that is designed to weaken public education. I don't think that there is any district in Michigan that isn;t feeling nervous right now because of the lame duck session that is going on right now in our state legislature and the bullshit they are going to pass.
pleasure_past 30th-Nov-2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
I know that budget cuts in public schools are pretty much universal, but let's be real. I spent two years in a wealthy suburban district, and those schools will never be as bad off as my usual school was before the recession hit.
romp 30th-Nov-2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Step 1 is equalize funding. Parents in monied districts will bring in extras anyway but the fact that it's normal to have a district with computer labs and new athletic equipment next to a school where students have to share out-of-date textbooks makes my head explode.
pleasure_past 30th-Nov-2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
I don't disagree, but it's probably best not to turn this thread into a debate about school funding.
romp 30th-Nov-2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
Is there any debate happening here? I wouldn't have thought so. And I think of threads like these as conversations but if you are careful to keep yourself on topic, that's fine by me.
pleasure_past 30th-Nov-2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
At the moment? No. But it is a very controversial and rather off-topic issue.
redstar826 30th-Nov-2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
yes of course, things are by no means equal. I'm just saying that in my experience all schools in this area (I live in the county where this happened) have pretty tight budgets and would feel the strain if faced with a major lawsuit (and therefore are very quick to shy away from potential law suits in big part because of the costs)
betray802 30th-Nov-2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
But yet, a school district in Texas that's taking chainsaws to their academic programs -- because soshalist book-larnin' and Higher Order Thinking Skills -- somehow came up with 60 million to build an 18,00-seat football stadium.
chessiekitty 30th-Nov-2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
But that's different. That's football!
redstar826 30th-Nov-2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
yeah, schools do stupid things some time. Was the money all from the district or was there a booster program raising funds? I know in my area sometimes outside groups raise money for sports stuff. I know nothing about Texas though.
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