Monday, February 11, 2013

Oh, Indiana. You make me sad.

Sleepy Little Sullivan
Sullivan, Indiana, you make me sad.
I just looked up Sullivan. Here is the link to the wiki page. A little sleepy town of just over 4,000 people has found a way to put itself on the map.  To put Indiana on the map.  And not in a positive manner.
Look!  You made the Huffington Post!  Aren't you proud?
I find it interesting that the motto of this little town is "take time to care."
From the news you've made, you don't seem too caring to me.
Some of you more so than others.
A teacher.
A teacher of special education.
I don't know how anyone could have faith in her as a teacher after the public comments she has made. I am not saying she isn't entitled to her opinion and I do not judge Ms. Medley.

"I don't agree with it." (Being gay.) "It is offensive to us."
Ms. Medley has been quoted saying the following:
"I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way; God created everyone equal," said special ed teacher Diana Medley. "Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don't agree with them, but I care about them. It's the same thing with my special needs kids, I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason."
Asked if she thought gays also "have a purpose in live," Medley responded, "No, I honestly don't. Sorry, but I don't."

This type of thinking has no place in our schools and this type of bigot has no place having any sort of influence over our children. She has every right to her bigoted opinion, but taxpayer money (which pays her salary) should not offer her a platform to spread her hate.
Dismiss Ms. Medley immediately.

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Read a letter from someone who has been there and still is...

And another

Another opinion
(yes, similar to mine.)

Read the story...

One question I have is "How do you define a "traditional" prom? Have you ever heard the saying "off like a prom dress?"  Yup, shocking I know, but some students have sex on prom night.  They also illegally drink alcohol. I would wager that some of the students attending the "traditional" prom might be about to become teen mommies and daddies.  Is that o.k.?  Because it is a guy and a girl?

This story out of Sullivan was upsetting to me on a personal level. But it also upset me because of the ignorance of it.

Last night Downton Abbey addressed the issue of being gay.  I was a little surprised by that, but pleased with the way they handled it.

Today, I'm not too thrilled with the publicity my state has received.  Take note, please: a small, small-minded town does not speak for all of us. And for the record, Ms. Medley, your comments are offensive to me.

5 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

I had not heard about this but find it truly offensive! I say come into the 21st century or crawl under a rock!

Best,
Bonnie

farmlady said...

Good for you. I'm pretty sure that something got lost in the translation ,of a book called the bible, on this subject. Sometimes beliefs are so imbedded in folks that they can't see the realities of life. This teacher is going to do some serious damage to someone's child.
I was glad to see Downton Abbey deal with this issue. Love the show for its honesty.
Thanks for being a champion for those who have to fight this kind of prejudice all the time.

Kris said...

Oh dear friend, I share your feelings!!! So sad that such bigotry is alive and well in our world. Shame on her! It is so very sad. ESPECIALLY the part about her saying that they have no purpose. Just disgusting!
xo Kris

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

Before we get too angry with her stupid comment we need to realize that the education system has to change too. Teachers come with all sorts of baggage from their various backgrounds. They need to be taught how to leave their personal stuff on a shelf when they are teaching in a modern public system
Her comment reflects lack of professional training!!

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