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“I’M STRAIGHT”! “YOU’RE SUSPENDED!”

By ATWadmin On April 23rd, 2007

Here’s an interesting one. A Christian student has been punished by his Michigan high school for demonstrating opposition to a school event celebrating the homosexual lifestyle.

At Oakridge High, duct tape was passed out for students to wear over their lips as a way to show solidarity with homosexual students who are..ahem… purportedly suffering in silence. John Gardner is pastor of Holton Family Life Worship Center in Holton, a community of approximately 2,500 about 17 miles northeast of Muskegon. Pastor Gardner says his 15-year-old son David, a student at Oakridge High, was suspended for a day by the school because he wrote with a black marker "I’m straight" on a piece of duct tape and attached it to his shirt. He explains that David donned the message to voice his objection to the school’s participation in the Day of Silence. He was confronted by the school’s authorities, asked to remove the offending duct tape and when he refused, suspended.

Just HOW intolerant is the gay lobby and those activists who seek to silence any criticism of their lifestyle? Well done David – and shame on Oakridge High.

13 Responses to ““I’M STRAIGHT”! “YOU’RE SUSPENDED!””

  1. How on earth can a school make it compulsory for its students to show their solidarity with homosexuals?

    But I’m also concerned with the fact that this article appears only on a limited number of obviously pro-Christian websites and blogs so it’s impossible to look at both sides. I also couldn’t find Oakridge High Michigan on a list of schools observing the day of silence. Any more links to other views on this story?

  2. Adrian,

    "How on earth can a school make it compulsory for its students to show their solidarity with homosexuals?"

    To my knowledge it didn’t. It’s a student-led initiative and perfectly voluntary. The protestor chose to disrupt it and was suspended for disobedience. That’s all I know.

  3. Dawkins,

    So one guy out of thousands wears a message in opposition to the gay lobby and that’s "disruptive"??? What about free speech?

  4. Dawkins,the protester chose to disrupt it? What a bigot you are. He wore a piece of duct tape on his shirt. David Vance, Dawkins is a troll who gets his kicks frequenting this blog looking for someone to pick a fight with. He obviously didn’t have anything intelligent to say so he threw in something inane. It clearly demonstrates his one-eyed hatred of anyone who would disagree with his own ideology in that he thinks that this person was disruptive he announced to his fellow classmates that he was straight rather than gay…Hello???

  5. Adrian has a point on whether this story is authentic. I would think it would have been picked up (whatever complaints one may have about the bias of the media, this is the type of story that would have quickly been picked up).

    However, if the story is true, it appears that the idea of free speech was ignored by the district.

  6. Mahons,
    Thus far I’ve found the story only on ATW and on a number of websites which apparently take delight in pro-Christian propaganda. That isn’t to say I don’t believe that something like this may have happened, but I’m just being cautious for now.

    Dawkins, I don’t agree with you that wearing a piece of duct tape with a contrary slogan amounts to "disrupting" the day of silence.

  7. Adrian – point taken. It is odd to me that such a story would have flown under the radar.

  8. David and Adrian,

    OK, so "disruptive" isn’t the right word. I retract it at once.

    On the meagre info we have to go on, the student wore the tape and refused to remove it when a teacher told him to. That’s wilful disobedience, and he was sent home.

    I’m assuming he wasn’t the only heterosexual in the school and that most of the other students were straight too.

    If he’d worn a button saying "George Bush takes it up the ass" he’d have offended his classmates as well. Would it be OK to tell him to remove it? Or would that have infringed his right to free speech?

  9. Dawkins,
    You exaggerate when you suggest that anti-Bush stickers would offend his classmates.

    Let me get this STRAIGHT. You’re saying that because David was straight and the other students were also straight but were showing solidarity with the persecuted homosexual community, he was sent home for saying that he was straight thereby implying that the others may not have been?

    Finally, why would a teacher get involved if the movement were what you call it – a student-led initiative and not something officially sanctioned by the school?

  10. Adrian,

    Any more info on this? Otherwise we can but conjecture. Anyhow…

    "You exaggerate when you suggest that anti-Bush stickers would offend his classmates."

    Well, if the protest was about intolerance of homosexuality and the button implied that Bush was a homosexual would they not be offended?

    "Let me get this STRAIGHT."

    LOL.

    "You’re saying that because David was straight and the other students were also straight but were showing solidarity with the persecuted homosexual community, he was sent home for saying that he was straight thereby implying that the others may not have been?"

    No, I merely remarked that there’s every chance most of the other other students were straight. I doubt he was implying that his fellow students are gay. But hey, I don’t know. Sometimes it’s hard to say what the irrational bigot believes.

    "Finally, why would a teacher get involved if the movement were what you call it – a student-led initiative and not something officially sanctioned by the school?"

    Again, I’m just going on the flimsy report we have. Maybe the teacher thought it was bad form. I’d have thought so in his place. If he disobeyed me I’d discipline him.

  11. Gay Lobby – suffering in silence?….ROFL….and laughing, and laughing. There are more banners, and seminars, and group meetings about gays in my son’s school than I could ever imagine. There are parades, and TV shows "celebrating" gay sex, and Oscar award shows about gay cowboys (ditch the marriage, have sex with your colleague – YAY!) Suffering in silence? Never has a sexual proclivity been so discussed, celebrated, etc. I think some young men now say they are "gay" just for the special status it guarantees them.

  12. This story seems extremely similar to a genuine story which has been reported fairly widely about a court case in the States where a schoolgirl wore a T shirt saying ‘SAD DAY’ on it in protest about a similar day of solidarity in a school concerning anti-gay prejudice. The schoolgirl lost the case as the judges ruled her duty to obey the instructions of her teachers within the school envinronment (who had told her not to wear the t shirt) outweighed her free speech rights. I agree with the judges.Pupils should not defy their teachers, regardless of the nature of the event being disputed.

  13. "Sometimes it’s hard to say what the irrational bigot believes."

    No Dawkins, I think we’re all pretty clear on that one.

    "It’s a student-led initiative and perfectly voluntary. The protestor chose to disrupt it and was suspended for disobedience."

    If that isnt a perfect example of double-think I dont know what is. Its perfectly voluntary, but you get punished if you dont do it. Uh-huh.

    Colin Jordan was a schoolteacher. Look him up. Forcing children to engage in political acts such as this against their will is morally reprehensible. Creating precedents like this in Education to push the political viewpoints *you* happen to agree with may be fine and dandy now, but what happens when a later government who’s views you dont agree with gets their hands on the reins of that power?

    Think about it. It’s the essential difference between Left and Right, right there.