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Breaking: Teacher Suspended After ‘Gays Have No Purpose In Life’ Comments

by David Badash on February 21, 2013

in Education,News

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Diana Medley, the infamous Indiana school teacher who told a local news reporter she believes gay people serve no purpose in life, has been suspended.

WATCH: Teacher Says Gays Have No Purpose In Life, Wants LGBT Kids Banned From Prom

Noting receipt of “aggressive” messages, and other threatening situations, superintendent Mark Baker issued a statement Wednesday acknowledging the teacher had been placed on administrative leave to draw attention away from the school, and “for the safety and security of everyone in our buildings.” Baker also noted the school has had to have extra police presence.

“He added that ‘as a precaution’ the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police ‘have deemed it necessary to station an officer’ at North Central Junior-Senior High School in Farmersburg, about 75 miles southwest of Indianapolis,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports:

He said the “administration and one school employee in particular” at the school have received “aggressive email messages.”

“We are turning over to law enforcement all such communications,” Baker said.

The uproar over teacher Diana Medley’s comments came as she attended a meeting of a small group of parents and students in a local church, trying to create a separate prom that would ban gay people.

“I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way; God created everyone equal,” Medley told a reporter at the event.

“Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don’t agree with them, but I care about them. It’s the same thing with my special needs kids, I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason,” she added.

“So the same goes for gays? Do you think they have a purpose in life?,” the reporter asked?

“No I honestly don’t. Sorry, but I don’t. I don’t understand it. A gay person isn’t going to come up and make some change unless it’s to realize that it was a choice and they’re choosing God,” said Medley.

Superintendent Baker previously issued a statement saying the school system does not support Medley’s comments, but does support her First Amendment right to make them.

Many across the nation arose in anger, that a teacher, a special needs teacher, would believe some of her students have no purpose in life.

Below, Dr. Baker’s full statement:

To Students, Parents, Faculty and our Community:

As many of you know and appreciate, our school corporation is continuing to manage as responsibly and respectfully as possible the fallout from comments made by an employee as she attended a meeting outside of school or a school activity.

We have conveyed our disappointment and our disagreement with these statements and have emphasized her comments do not reflect our schools’ views or opinions.

The administration and one school employee in particular at North Central Jr/Sr High School have received aggressive email messages. We are turning over to law enforcement all such communications. Further, and as a precaution, the Indiana State Police and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department have deemed it necessary to station an officer at our high school. Additionally, these law enforcement agencies, while they are here, are familiarizing themselves with our buildings, as is part of their regular training.

For that, we are grateful for their support of our school and our students. This matter has created some heartbreaking differences in opinion. Please know we are always going to put the safety of our students and faculty first and any disruption of our educational process will be managed quickly.

In response to our concerns for the safety and security of everyone in our buildings, we have placed the employee at the center of this concern on administrative leave.

Dr. Mark A. Baker- Superintendent


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BJLincoln February 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from repercussion. Her mistake was to bring her religion to a public place and use it as a tool to discriminate. I'm sure she will be the poster girl for some hate group.
Does anyone know if they are in fact having a Prom outside the school that bans gays?

Robroberts2013 February 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Yes, the "straights only" prom is still on, and in fact the facebook page promoting it is back.

I am happy the anti-gay bigot ball is still happening; for those in attendance it will be a grim, bleak reminder of how out of touch they are with the real world. I guarantee it will not be a fun event despite everyone's best efforts.

roacilynn3 February 21, 2013 at 10:25 am

This is very disappointing.

Coxhere February 22, 2013 at 8:37 am

Yes. I agree.

The evilgelical homophobe special ed teacher should have been fired. She's probably receiving double pay while "suspended." So, this is, indeed, very, very disappointing.

turbocrusher February 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

The year is 2013. Maybe someone should tell this teacher.

Robroberts2013 February 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Look who's got no purpose in life now.

stemke2010 February 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm

It's about time these people learned that they will no longer get a pass to trumpet their bigoted, homophobic, and discriminatory views by simply saying that, "it violates my religious beliefs." They can believe whatever the hell they want, but if they expect to successfully function in our secular society they need to learn when to keep their mouths shut.

teddrio December 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm

This is the ultimate in arrogance to claim that someone whose life is different from yours "has no purpose." Let's see if we can increase the suicide rate among gays who really have no reason to be alive. Most gays are loving and nurturing people who are often in the service industry or teaching or in nursing or working with the less fortunate (social workers). Procreation is not the only "purpose" for being alive. In fact, excessive procreation has overcrowded our planet to dangerous extremes, exhausting natural resources and ruining the environment. Of course, these dogmatic people are all Christian (pseudo, of course) and have an inside track with God. They don't worship God, they worship their own egos. Everyone except them is going to hell in a hand basket. And to be telling this garbage to little kids — how disgusting is that? Maybe she'd be happier living in Russia.

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