Teacher Suspended For Allowing Student To Play Gay Marriage Song In Class
November 29th, 2012
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My Fox DetroitÂ has reported that a teacher in South Lyon, Michigan has been suspended for allowing a student in her class play a âpro-gay marriageâ song last Wednesday.
Susan Johnson, an eighth grade performing arts teacher at Centennial Middle School, was asked by a student if he could play the songÂ Same LoveÂ by rapper BenÂ Maclemore. Johnson asked the student questions about the song to ensure that it didnât include violence or profanity, and he said that it did not, so she allowed it. Â Once Johnson realized the songâs topic matter, she thought that it was something her students could learn from. However, not everyone agreed. Another student went to the school office and complained.
âThis is one of the things in my school that weâre trying to practice and weâre trying to instill in our students is tolerance to diversity.â
Johnson was initially told that she was suspended indefinitely without pay, but in a closed door meeting later, the principal and assistant superintendent informed her that her suspension is only three days, two of them without pay. Johnson says she was âparalyzedâ and âvery disappointed in the bias, the bigotry that I feel that theyâre really hiding behind.â
âI really love my kids and I never want to hurt them, but I also know that thereâs a lot of bullying and thereâs 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.â
The paperwork that Johnson received from the school stated that the song had controversial content (homosexuality, religion, political views and a sexual slur), and that Johnson should have asked permission first. The school has refused to comment. Assistant Superintendent Melissa Baker said âNo one is going to have a comment for you. Â We donât go on camera here in South Lyon.â
Johnson toldÂ Fox DetroitÂ that the ACLU and the LGBT support group called Affirmation are involved.
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