Though students have expressed an interest in joining and teachers have agreed to sponsor it, efforts to start a gay/lesbian support group at a Wilson County high school have hit a roadblock: an unenlightened, homophobic school board. This pathetic quote from a Wilson County school board member pretty much says it all:
One Wilson school board member, who also is a school resource officer with the sheriff’s office, raised religious objections. “That’s not saying anything negative toward those people, that I’m any more valuable than they are,” school board member Greg Lasater said. “They’ve got a right to education just like the normal, the regular ‘John Doe’ kid out here would have.
“If I had to vote, just from my own Christian values — nothing against those folks — it would be hard for me as a board member to support it,” he said.
Yes, nothing against THOSE PEOPLE they’re just not NORMAL er, REGULAR, er, gah, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN! Yes, Mr. Lasater, we do.
Here’s Director of Schools Mike Davis:
Davis said he doesn’t see how the proposed club would add value to the school. He also said he doesn’t want exclusive clubs. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, for instance, is open to non-athletes, he said.
I wonder how many atheists or Jews are in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes? And who’s to say a hetero student couldn’t join a gay/lesbian support group, anyway? More to the point: if you haven’t read about our nation’s teens being bullied and tormented because of actual or perceived sexual orientation issues, then you aren’t plugged in enough to our youth. In which case: what the hell are you doing involved in our schools in the first place?
I hereby prescribe the entire last season of “Glee” to the Wilson County School Board. Perhaps knowing the show airs on Fox will help the medicine go down.