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.
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