It has been a very long week, hasn’t it?
I was reading through the news and I came across a story about a teacher who gave one of the worst possible responses to a student newspaper LGBTQ issue. He did so by writing a letter to the editor of the school paper, to be published for all the students to see. At one point he wrote:
I love the staff and students at SLOHS. My students know that. But I love God more, so in obedience to Him, I am writing this letter.
Yeah, uh… he loves the staff and students? This sounds like one of the typical “I love you, but I hate everything about you” type of people. You know the kind. They swear they love everyone just because they know they are supposed to, but they don’t really. To me, you don’t show love to someone by giving them that letter. The rest of the letter appears to be quoting from the old testament. The thing is, it also says in multiple places not to judge others. I’m not going to delve into a biblical debate with people, because I don’t know that much about it. For most of my life I was “unchurched”, and I freely admit I don’t have all the answers.
What I do know, however, is that you don’t go around telling a bunch of teenagers they deserve to die, which is basically what this guy said. Even if you think they are awful, terrible people, and are doing terrible things, you don’t tell a bunch of teenagers that. Especially not if you are one of the people who are in charge of taking care of those teenagers, like a teacher. Like this guy.
Teenagers are volatile. All teenagers, basically. They are sometimes troubled, for any of a variety of reasons. Sometimes they are struggling at home or in their personal lives. Especially those who are LGBTQ. Let’s face it, all of us had a hard time as teens, but most of those of us who are LGBTQ had a harder time than most. What this teacher did is not much different than the online bullies who tell a kid to go kill themselves. How are we all going to feel if one of his struggling students takes his words to heart, and decides she really should just die and ends up killing herself because of him? I mean he has some of those struggling students in his class! It’s ridiculous for this man to act in this manner.
I know some are going to say he has a right, freedom of speech and all that. Yes, he sure does. But your freedoms don’t come without consequences. This teacher should know better than to do something like this. He should be more adult about it. I just cannot believe he would write this letter to the editor of the school newspaper so it would be published. If he wants his freedom to be a mean spirited jerk then he shouldn’t go out of his way to make sure his students at school see him doing so. But that’s just my two cents.
Still editing. Getting there.
Have a good weekend!