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04/23/2007

'Controversial' teacher soon to learn fate

by Jeremy Hooper

 Images Fortwayne Newssentinel News Met0221 Eacs 04-11-2007 No7S420Amy Sorrell, the Indiana teacher who allowed a sophomore student to write a gay acceptance-encouraging opinion piece for a junior-senior high school newspaper and who may lose her job over the allowance, will have her future decided at a public hearing to be held this coming Saturday.

Best case scenario: The school board will learn that gay acceptance is not, in fact, controversial, and that opinion pieces are, in fact, supposed to contain one's personal opinion, so firing a teacher for allowing such an article in a public school's newspaper was a preposterous thing to consider in the first place [and yes, we would feel the same way if the piece in question was a reasoned disagreement with gay marriage or other political issues (though not a religious-based condemnation of gays in general, which is a very different matter for a church-separated school)].

Worst case scenario: Sorrell will lose her job and, in turn, students will be given the messages that gays are controversial, and that discussions about tolerance and respect have no place in a public schools

We'll have to wait until after the hearing and the school board vote on May 1 to learn the fate of Sorrell. But in the meantime, Woodlan students: Don't even think about taking to your school paper to encourage respect and decency for heterosexuals. After all, apparently your administration is made uncomfy by calls of tolerance for a group who happen to have been born to love in a certain way.

Woodlan teacher’s hearing April 28 [Indy Star]
The "objectionable" column: Sophomore’s view of gays: Not a choice [FortWayne.com]

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Your thoughts

Sorry to be a prig, this evening, but Indy refers to the city of Indianapolis and not the state of Indiana.

Posted by: ptboat | Apr 23, 2007 9:13:05 PM

ptboat: Thanks. removed Indy from headline.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 23, 2007 9:17:40 PM

How could Chase's opinion piece have led to a teacher's job being in jeopardy. Only a hardline religious fanatic would be offended by what Chase wrote.

Posted by: David | Apr 24, 2007 3:09:32 AM

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