The only diversity this US school needs is the Bible
Posters advertising the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) are displayed at schools across America as part of a national campaign to combat anti-gay bullying, but when a teacher at a North Carolina school sent off for some of GLSEN’s material, all hell broke loose.
The teacher at Lake Lure Classical Academy, Layne Long, explained here:
I had researched GLSEN over the summer and ordered some stuff. I gave one poster to our guidance counselor who hung it in her office. Then when the student told me she wanted to start a [LGBT] club, I gave her the poster and she hung it up.
The subsequent formation of the club caused outrage among parents who “blindsided” the school’s board of directors at a meeting on Friday and forced them to shut down all student clubs.
One grandmother reportedly complained to the board that she would have to explain the meaning of “gay” and “lesbian” to her grandchild because of the club.
Another citizen said he did not have a child at Lake Lure, but if he did he would take them out immediately. He added:
The only diversity the school needs is the Bible.
Lake Lure Baptist Church Pastor Anton Roos warned that attendance at the school would dwindle if the LGBT club was allowed to continue.
Roos wailed that it was unfair that the “Raptors for Christ Club” was not allowed to hang posters in the school but said that the LGBT club was allowed to kick off with an “advertising campaign.” And the pastor called for Long to be disciplined.
This [LGBT] club was put together by a teacher and I would like to know what action was taken against her. We are in a time in which you as a board need to take a stand. We have entrusted [School Director Jessica Boland] with our children and you have failed them.
Long explained that she had been happy to let students meet in her room when they came to her with the idea of starting an LGBT club.
This is not a religious club. This is a human rights club. My father is a Christian and I’ve been brought up to understand that God is love. Jesus wants to help people. I’m extremely proud of my students. If there was no need for this club to exist in this school, it would not exist.
School board member Mike Harrington responded to the discussion with a motion to suspend all club activity pending a review from the school’s legal team. The motion passed with a 5-3 vote.
This topic of clubs has created a strong difference of opinions in the LLCA family and it concerns me greatly because this is a school of choice. I didn’t like coming into this meeting and being blindsided, I didn’t know anything about this issue until today. This situation is bad management on our part and there is work that needs to be done.
In a letter to parents on Monday, the board said that the Policy Committee of Lake Lure Classical Academy would put together a proposal prior to the December 10 board meeting. The statement said:
It is our hope that club activities will be reinstated, clear guidelines and policies written, and path forward for the creation and operation of existing and future clubs/groups at that time. We encourage all parents and community members to stand in support of our school and the Policy Committee as we seek to resolve this issue.
According to NC Policy Watch, Lake Lure Classical Academy is the only school in the Lake Lure area. It is a charter school backed by libertarian billionaire John Bryan, but it also receives public funds from North Carolina taxpayers.