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What is it with people making the most horrific comments on Facebook, and then acting all stunned when their hate-speech goes viral?Case in point: Misssouri math teacher Jim Whitney, who is in trouble for making a comment on the Facebook page of a former student last week, when that student posted a link to a news article article about Jamie Hubley's suicide after bullying.
Whitney posted: "Moral of the story: Don't be gay."
And then, when the question about how many LGBTQ youth suicides it would take before people pay attention to the problem of bullying, Jim Whitney replied, "11-13 ought to do it."
Of course, Jim Whitney has released an apology for his idiotic, homophobic, hateful, and bullying remarks, but, after you post asinine things, it's kinda hard to take them back. One would have thought a teacher would have known that. The Joplin School Board is now investigating the incident.
So, what is this new trend of teachers and educators taking to Facebook to post their idiotic, narrowminded opinions and then acting shocked and stunned when their words become public knowledge?
It was just last month that social studies teacher Jerry Buell posted anti-marriage equality remarks on his Facebook page. And then we had a teacher in New Jersey who described homosexuality as "a perverted spirit" on her Facebook page, and then called it a "sin that breeds like cancer."
Makes one wonder, if these are the words and beliefs of the teachers, how can we be surprised at the words and beliefs of the students? And how can we expect teachers who think like these three asshats, and, no doubt, others, to do anything about students bullying other students, for any reason, when their own words are often bullying?
How many more will it take?
via The Advocate