Student Kicked Out of Class For Not Supporting Teacher’s Gay Views
A mother has filed a federal lawsuit against her son’s school district and a high school teacher for removing her son from the class because her son’s religious beliefs prevent him from accepting homosexuality.
Sandra Glowacki, who is a Catholic has accused Howell Public School District and teacher Johnson McDowell of violating her son’s constitutional rights.
The suit says the teacher kicked out Daniel Glowacki, 16, then a junior, from an economics class on Oct. 20, 2010, while the district was observing anti-bullying day and Spirit Day. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation encourages Americans to wear purple on Spirit Day to support LGBT youth who may feel harassed because of their sexual preference.
The lawsuit said the district allowed teachers to sell purple “Tyler’s Army” T-shirts in support of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman who killed himself last year after a roommate streamed an Internet video of Clementi kissing a male student. The teacher, McDowell, wore one of the T-shirts throughout the day and devoted his classes to promoting homosexuality, the suit said.
The lawsuit stated, teacher McDowell told one student to remove a belt buckle brandishing a Confederate flag he felt it was offensive.
Subsequently, Daniel Glowacki asked the teacher why rainbow flags were permitted, the teacher kicked him out of the class but not before receiving an unfavorable response to his question: “Do you support gays?” The Catholic religion prohibits him from doing so, but teacher told Glowacki and another student to leave class.
The district suspended McDowell for one day without pay.
Though we don’t agree with the history and pain behind the Confederate flag, we don’t agree with the teacher removing the students from the class because of their views. This is not how they should handle these issues. Actually all offensive things should be carefully dealt with due to differences of belief and views. By the teacher discouraging the wearing of the Confederate flag but widely supporting gays at school, is very bias and sends the wrong message. They are both very controversial issues and should a teacher be promoting gays in school anyway?