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"Gay-free" prom idea backfires

Students and the principal at an Indiana high school are disavowing a campaign by parents to organize a "gay-free" prom. Even the pastor of the church that hosted the original organizing meeting says the church doesn't back the effort to throw a straights-only prom for students at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Ind., south of Terre Haute.

The movement began after Principal David Springer was asked to clarify whether same-sex couples would be allowed to take part in the traditional grand march before the prom, which is scheduled for April 27. "Anybody can go to the prom," Springer told NBC station WTHR of Indianapolis. "Of course, a girl could go out with another girl if they didn't have a date or that was their choice."

One of those attending the small gathering of parents Sunday night at Sullivan First Christian Church was Diana Medley, a special-education teacher at another school, North Central Junior/Senior High School, in nearby Farmersburg. [bold]Allowing gay and lesbian students to attend the prom is "offensive to us," said Medley, who told NBC station WTWO of Terre Haute that even though she doesn't agree with them, she does care for "homosexual students" who come to her with their problems. Then, Medley created a firestorm of criticism by equating gay and lesbian teenagers to students with developmental disabilities. "It's the same thing with my special-needs kids," she said. "I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason." Asked whether gays and lesbians have any "purpose in life," she replied: "No, I honestly don't. Sorry, but I don't. I don't understand it." [/bold]

Commentators from across the country weighed in to criticize Medley, including syndicated columnist Dan Savage, who publicized a petition to have Medley fired. Dale Wise, senior minister at Sullivan First Christian Church, was quick to distance himself from the sentiment. "Our church has no involvement in this whatsoever. It's a community thing where people have met here," he told WTWO. Jim Davis of Sullivan declared that "we shouldn't be condemning people, and that's what judgment is." "Christ came to save the people, not to condemn them," he told WTWO. "Love them as a person. You don't have to love what they do, because the gays may not love all the mistakes you make."

Emily Butler, a junior at Sullivan High, said: "You should be able to go with whoever you want. You shouldn't be discriminated against for what you are, what you believe in." Even Wyatt Land, a Sullivan student who said it was important to remember that "the Bible says for a man to love another woman," told WTHR that he thought gay and lesbian classmates should be welcome at the official prom. "As long as they aren't sitting there and kissing on the dance floor and grinding on each other, stuff like that, I don't have a problem with that," he said. "I don't see what's wrong with it. Prom is for everybody. It's a high school experience."

by Anonymousreply 5702/20/2013

Look at the picture of this bitch. She suffers from massive bitchface, as she well deserves.

by Anonymousreply 102/12/2013

Her picture has been all over my Facebook feed.

I wonder if she feels any shame at all for being a hateful ignorant bigot...

by Anonymousreply 202/12/2013

I love that more and more of these hateful, ignorant bigots are getting publicly shamed through social media. These hellions can no longer hide in the shadows of their backwater podunk towns. Now their embarrassing stupidity is on full display for the world to see. I hope this woman's phone, facebook and email is harassed until she has a nervous breakdown.

by Anonymousreply 302/12/2013

She's a special education teacher, too. How sad that she's got influence over the minds of students.

by Anonymousreply 402/12/2013

I'm sure the local Tea Party group will nudge her to become the state's next candidate for Senate....

by Anonymousreply 502/12/2013

"As long as they aren't sitting there and kissing on the dance floor and grinding on each other, stuff like that, I don't have a problem with that," he said

Yeah riiiiiight... but the straights can do it with no problem?

by Anonymousreply 602/12/2013

[quote] wonder if she feels any shame at all for being a hateful ignorant bigot...

Doubt it, she hides behind The Bible and probably thinks she's being persecuted now.

by Anonymousreply 702/12/2013

"Of course, a girl could go out with another girl if they didn't have a date or that was their choice."

What if they just feel like making out and rubbing each other's clits in the car on the way home? That doesn't make them gay or anything does it?

by Anonymousreply 802/12/2013

Exactly, R7. She's likely too narrow minded to think anything but what she *thinks* the Bible teaches her.

by Anonymousreply 902/12/2013

Very funny clip on youtube about this.

by Anonymousreply 1002/12/2013

[quote]Asked whether gays and lesbians have any "purpose in life," she replied: "No, I honestly don't. Sorry, but I don't. I don't understand it."

This is more about being incredibly stupid than anything else.

by Anonymousreply 1102/12/2013

Here's the contact info for her boss:

Dr. Mark A. Baker- Superintendent 406 North Vine Street P.O. Box 493 Hymera, Indiana 47855 Phone: (812) 383-5761 Fax: (812) 383-4591

by Anonymousreply 1202/12/2013

Maybe she's afraid they'll have gay premarital sex and have illegitimate gay babies out of wedlock.

by Anonymousreply 1302/12/2013

[quote]Maybe she's afraid they'll have gay premarital sex and have illegitimate gay babies out of wedlock.

To her, that would be an abomination.

But for the str8 equivalence would be ... unfortunate.

by Anonymousreply 1402/12/2013

[quote]She's a special education teacher, too.

She sounds like SHE rides the short bus.

by Anonymousreply 1502/12/2013

I keep reading this as "Gay-free porn."

by Anonymousreply 1602/12/2013

r10's really is funny. Thanks!

by Anonymousreply 1702/12/2013

r10's link is fantastic indeed!

by Anonymousreply 1802/12/2013

Diana Medley's email address in on this page:

by Anonymousreply 1902/12/2013

So basically her message is people chose to be gay and as such have no purpose in life. But people who chose to believe in god get special privileges.

by Anonymousreply 2002/12/2013

She should be teaching in a religious school IF she should be teaching at all, which she should NOT.

by Anonymousreply 2102/12/2013

That this woman hasn't been fired yet speaks volumes to the Indiana education system. She's a danger to students. Aren't enough gay students killing themselves in Indiana that they need this piece of shit to help them along?

by Anonymousreply 2202/12/2013

To say that gays have "no purpose" is to admit that hets have no purpose except to breed.

If I were a straight student there, I'd be extremely insulted.

by Anonymousreply 2302/12/2013

I'm being persecuted for my religious beliefs.

Won't somebody please help me from these godless heathens!!

by Anonymousreply 2402/12/2013

Surely she will lose her job?

by Anonymousreply 2502/12/2013

Listen, don't tell me I don't believe in equality. I honestly do. When I sad that homosexuals have no purpose I wasn't meaning to single them out. I thought everyone knew that I include special needs kids too. I care for them, but they have no purpose and I wouldn't want them at a prom with normal kids either.

by Anonymousreply 2602/12/2013

Even special needs kids have a purpose for existing: to fulfill Diana Medley's belief that God puts everyone in her life for a reason.

by Anonymousreply 2702/12/2013

[quote]R10's link is fantastic indeed!

I especially loved the line:

'Everyone in this room is now dumber...for having listened to it [her]'

by Anonymousreply 2802/12/2013

I feel like I suddenly have "a purpose", which is to fly to Indiana and beat the hell out of this cunt.

by Anonymousreply 3002/12/2013

I LOVE it, R10. Made me feel good!

by Anonymousreply 3102/12/2013

If only she could be shown that video in R10... in front of the entire student body.

by Anonymousreply 3202/13/2013

[quote]Even Wyatt Land, a Sullivan student who said it was important to remember that "the Bible says for a man to love another woman," told WTHR that he thought gay and lesbian classmates should be welcome at the official prom. "As long as they aren't sitting there and kissing on the dance floor and grinding on each other, stuff like that, I don't have a problem with that," he said.

ie. If they show affection like other high school couples, then I'll be justified in bashing them.

by Anonymousreply 3302/13/2013

Anyone else getting the repressed lesbian vibe from that video interview?

She has the look of a former college lady athlete.

by Anonymousreply 3402/13/2013

I don't think someone from Farmersburg has any business telling the people of Sullivan how to live.

by Anonymousreply 3502/13/2013

R35, that the fact that some redneck farm kid from Indiana could even feel comfortable saying out loud that he doesn't have a problem with gays is a pretty big step and shows just how aware the next generation is. They're not saying things out loud like that idiot teacher.

by Anonymousreply 3602/13/2013

Never understand the purpose of prom. Any souls that are prohibited from attending this childish party should not feel discriminated.

by Anonymousreply 3702/13/2013

r36 - Redneck kid is ok with gays existing, but he still thinks gays should not be allowed to do anything 'gay' in public. And that being gay is wrong. Still pretty depressing.

by Anonymousreply 3802/13/2013

Isn't prom is gay enough?

by Anonymousreply 3902/13/2013

R38, look at where it is. My point was in a small redneck farmtown in Indiana 10-15 years ago, you wouldn't have even got that basic level of tolerance that you do actually exist. Change comes slowly to those places but it's slowly coming.

by Anonymousreply 4002/13/2013

She is vile.

by Anonymousreply 4102/13/2013

I think about the few teachers I had in high school that gave me the feeling that I just repelled them....this must have been their inner dialogue .

So sad.

by Anonymousreply 4202/13/2013

r40 - In 2002?? I had no idea Indiana's that backwards.

by Anonymousreply 4302/13/2013

[R42] I can relate to that. I was 13 or so and had a teacher that was young, new to the small school, the wrestling coach and he was a hunky handsome man. I watched him like a little developing queer might do. He had a big bubble butt and full crotch. I know he picked up on it. Early on he would turn red when he caught me staring. More like rage than a blush. Soon after his arrival he never ever looked my way, never called on me, never acknowledged me.

by Anonymousreply 4402/13/2013

Wow I'm fortunate to have gone to a very progressive school. The founder and head teacher was gay and so were most of the male staff I'm sure. There were no flapping queens, just sensitive men with enormous insight into things and passion to teach and engage with all the students. I think gay men great gay teachers. I was very disappointed by my University lecturers. The just seemed like old toads who were so out of touch with humanity.

by Anonymousreply 4502/13/2013

foreign

by Anonymousreply 4602/13/2013

Is she still employed?

by Anonymousreply 4702/13/2013

call her school. every one of us should call her school. i already have. and i will call again. it's time to stop being passive.

by Anonymousreply 4802/13/2013

I just called the office. The woman who answered couldn't have been nicer. I politely told her that I'm concerned that someone who shows so little tolerance for others should be allowed to work with children who need tolerance more than others, and that, I'm sure, her school district doesn't want to be represented by someone who shows ignorance and hatred. I think others have called, because she wasn't surprised by my call. I encourage everyone to call. I don't want to make Medley a martyr, but she does need to understand that hatred has consequences.

call: Dr. Mark A. Baker- Superintendent 406 North Vine Street P.O. Box 493 Hymera, Indiana 47855 Phone: (812) 383-5761 Fax: (812) 383-4591

by Anonymousreply 4902/13/2013

Doing that, r49, is so great. Thank you.

Much better than the moron who called the florist and played gay porn moaning sounds.

by Anonymousreply 5002/13/2013

Everyone should call. Be polite about it, but firm. I no longer will quietly accept such ignorance and intolerance. Please call. But please remember to be polite to the person who answers the phone; she wasn't the one who made the stupid comments.

by Anonymousreply 5102/13/2013

Wouldn't it be better to e-mail or send snail mail? I'd feel kind of sorry for the receptionist who has to continuously answer the phones. And there would also be a record of the concerns.

by Anonymousreply 5202/13/2013

I don't think so, R52. You should call so that her continued presence in the school becomes a serious nuisance.

by Anonymousreply 5302/13/2013

If you do call, don't be whiny or mean. Be resolute and calm. Have the best interest of the kids at the heart of your complaint, not hurt feelings or righteous anger.

by Anonymousreply 5402/13/2013

You are correct, r 54. You shouldn't be nasty or rude. Just call to express your concern that a group of students who needs someone who is patient and understanding has been entrusted to someone who is neither. Call. Call. Call.

by Anonymousreply 5502/13/2013

HAH!

[bold] Ind. school suspends teacher over anti-gay remarks [/bold]

SULLIVAN, Ind. - An Indiana teacher whose comment that she believes gays have no purpose in life has been suspended amid tighter security at her school.

Superintendent Mark Baker of the Northeast School Corp. in western Indiana's Sullivan County issued a statement Wednesday saying the teacher has been placed on administrative leave and that state and local police are stationing officers at North Central Junior-Senior High School as a precaution because of "aggressive" email messages sent to the school and the teacher.

Baker did not identify the teacher, but special education teacher Diana Medley's comments have circulated widely on social networking sites amid news coverage of an alternative prom dance at a nearby school that would ban gay students.

"We don't agree with it (homosexuality), and it's offensive to us," Medley told reporters. "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."

When asked if she thinks gays have a purpose in life, Medley said, "No I honestly don't. Sorry, but I don't. I don't understand it."

"A gay person isn't going to come up and make some change unless it's to realize that it was a choice and they're choosing God," Medley told WTWO.

Medley has no published telephone number and she couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

by Anonymousreply 5602/20/2013

How lame are they?

Blaming it on "aggressive" messages when she deserved suspension purely on her own merits.

by Anonymousreply 5702/20/2013
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