Teacher Defends Gay And Atheist Students – Asked To ResignPosted by Phil Ferguson on September 10th, 2012 – 7 Comments – Posted in Uncategorized
Back in February I did a post about Krystal Myers. She was an honor student at Lenior City High School and editor for her school newspaper. Well she happened to be an atheist in a
christian school a public high school filled with christians. She wrote and editorial called, “No Rights: The Life of an Atheist”. Well the school refused to run her piece because she claimed that christians had privilege and the school was violating the constitution.
Schools Director Wayne Miller said it was the decision of the school authorities not to allow publication of Myers’ editorial because of the potential for disruption in the school.
What he means is …. we can’t make baby jesus cry.
Everyone was shocked and i was delighted when Knox news published her editorial. Here is a sample…
Not only are there multiple clubs featuring the Christian faith, but youth ministers are also allowed to come onto the school campus and hand candy and other food out to Christians and their friends. However, I feel like if an atheist did that, people would not be happy about it.
Krystal is so right. Most schools in America would flip their shit. I love the idea! I would even pay for the candy. What would make good atheist candy?
The school made news again when the yearbook came out with a story called “It’s O.K. to be gay”.
Now Knox news tell us how the school tried to make the school journalism teacher, Richared Yoakley, quit.
Yoakley described how, in February, he was first called into the office of the principal to discuss an article on atheism that was deemed too disruptive for the student readership.
The tipping point occurred late in April when the school yearbook that contained an article about a gay student was distributed. He said other teachers complained and opposition in the community began to grow.
Shortly thereafter, the principal asked him to resign.
“He said I was improperly influencing my students,” Yoakley said.
Yoakley refused and the school moved him from the high school to the middle school hoping he would quit. Oh, they took away his job as yearbook adviser, which cost him $5,000. So what would drive the school to do such evil.
A subsequent Freedom of Information request by the Student Press Law Center revealed the pressure that the school administrators were subjected to by members of the community. A number of emails that were described as “vicious and vitriolic,” he said.
Do you think that Yoakley should sue the school, find a new job or just teach the junior high kids how to be tolerant thinkers.