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Gay 14-Year-Old Bravely Defends Teacher to Michigan School Board

Last month, Michigan high school teacher Jay McDowell was suspended for a day when he booted a kid from his classroom for making hateful comments about gays. (The kid was also wearing a belt buckle with the Confederate flag on it.) In the wake of it, a chorus of people showed up to a school board meeting to support him, including students and fellow teachers delivering impassioned speeches. But none was so moving as young Graeme Taylor, 14 and out, speaking not only about the overarching righteousness of McDowell but about his own experiences being gay in the classroom. Must watch:

 

 

Contrast that, and the vehemence of other supporters, with the response by the president of the school board––which is not only weak, but inarticulate as well. Perhaps Howell should consider appointing Taylor to the position.

 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at November 15, 2010, 5:02am

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