Community Protests for Teacher

By: News 10
By: News 10

Students and community members are protesting the two-day suspension of a Howell High School teacher.

They will be protesting at a school board meeting Monday night.

Jay McDowell was suspended last month, after kicking two students out of his class after they reportedly made comments about not accepting homosexuals. The students reportedly started up a debate about religion and gays, which ended with McDowell kicking both students out for the rest of the class.

A statement from the school district says McDowell violated the student's first amendment right to free speech.

McDowell says the students were disruptive, and that's why he told them to leave.

The teacher is getting plenty of support. There is now a "Support Jay McDowell" facebook page.

People are asked to wear purple shirts to the meeting on Nov. 8 to raise awareness of anti-gay harassment.
The school board meeting starts at 7 p.m.

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  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Nov 8, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    Unfortunately, it sounds like the teacher let things get out of hand in his classroom. If he had been in charge, there could have been a constructive give-and-take debate about the subject. Hopefully, this teacher understands that he cannot 'cut off' debate in his classroom simply because he disagrees with the opinions being given. Often times, teachers in public schools believe theirs is the only opinion that matters and everyone must agree with them. Hopefully, the circumstances are as the teacher discribed, and the students were unruly. However, if the teacher was attempting to quash the opinions of those students, then he was completely and totally wrong.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2010 at 05:06 AM
    I agree that the Teacher did the right thing, but it is Howell Michigan we are talking about, so I am not surprised what happened.
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