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Rainbow Stickers = Gang Affiliations? Right

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Civil Rights, Education | Posted on 01-02-2008


Yeah, I hear there's a real problem with queer street gangs these days, tagging everything in sight with those damned rainbows.

ACLU sues Florida school for barring Pride gear

Administrators at Ponce de Leon High School stated that students' wearing rainbow stickers could mean that they are members of an illegal organization.…
An unidentified student was suspended for five days for expressing her support for gay rights, the ACLU said. Students said a lesbian peer was harassed and tried to report the situation to administrators. She was instead greeted with censorship of supporting students writing "gay pride" on their arms and notebooks.

This story definitely goes in the "glad to be homeschooling" file, but it also gives me cause to wonder if the school administrator training process surgically removes all common sense. Or do they just prefer to recruit those who don't have much of it in the first place?

Comments (5)

Well, school admin­is­tra­tors are folks how have high­er lev­el man­age­ment skill, who’re either suf­fi­cient­ly com­mit­ted to work­ing in the schools that they’ll accept a salary low­er than they’d get in pri­vate indus­try, or who couldn’t get a bet­ter pay­ing job in pri­vate industry. 

So yeah — lots of com­mon-sense-less school administrators.

I’d file this under exact­ly why I’m glad my kids aren’t home­schooled. It is expo­sure to inci­dents such as this that forced me to edu­cate myself about a great many things. It also helped me expe­ri­ence sol­i­dar­i­ty with peo­ple first hand.

Those kids got a harsh les­son that none of them are like­ly to for­get and, with luck, with direct some to fight for what they per­ceive as right for the rest of their lives.

That’s fair, Chas.

Hope, I know there are some admin­is­tra­tors who are tru­ly com­mit­ted to edu­ca­tion. The best band direc­tor I ever had and one of the best Eng­lish teach­ers I’ve ever known even­tu­al­ly went into admin­is­tra­tion. I feel that they were excep­tions to all the rules. First, they were won­der­ful teach­ers who con­nect­ed well with their stu­dents. Sec­ond, they even­tu­al­ly gave up their first love (teach­ing) to try to improve the over­all system.

Most of the teach­ers and admin­is­tra­tors I encoun­tered in my own school­ing and that of our kids were not good teach­ers, sel­dom had a good grasp of their sub­ject, and didn’t care much for the stu­dents. Too many were on pow­er trips. I know that my sis­ter didn’t go into teach­ing for the pro­fes­sion, but for the hours, ben­e­fits and sta­bil­i­ty. She doesn’t even like kids much!

The age of rea­son­ing is over. If you ban stick­ers the kids will just find some­thing else

[…] ago, I post­ed about Ponce de Leon High School in Flori­da ban­ning the wear or dis­play of any kind of gay pride sym­bols or words, claim­ing that they indi­cat­ed involve­ment in an “ille­gal orga­ni­za­tion.” I lat­er found […]