Last week, a substitute teacher in Chillicothe, Ohio, was fired after handing out “Pride bracelets” to high school students. The incident occurred in the Huntington Local Schools district high school.
Jay Bowman, who has been a teacher for 30 years, was reportedly working as a substitute teacher when several girls in his classroom asked him about a “rainbow-colored First Capital PRIDE bracelet” he was wearing, reported WSYX, a local ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio.
Bowman’s employment was reportedly terminated after he gave similar gay pride bracelets to his students and explained to them what the bands symbolized.
To which Bowman said, “If a kid has questions. If a kid wants honesty, I don’t think I should be forbidden from providing that.”
Suggesting that his termination indicates the school’s willingness to violate the human rights of LGBT people, Bowman said, “I think the reaction to my violation when compared to other instances in the school where certain things are tolerated, was unfair, Bowman said. “Huntington Township is by in large a conservative area, and human rights are not a foreign entity at all, but it is outside the comfort level of a lot of people.”
Bowman insisted that him giving the students gay pride paraphernalia and explaining what the items symbolized from his perspective should not be considered recruitment. He also insisted that he was not responsible for the children he was supervising in the classroom.
“I don’t try to recruit anyone,” he said. “The parents are responsible for their kids. The parents are the ones who need to teach their kids right and wrong.”
Peter Ruby, the district’s superintendent, refused to answer questions about the incident on camera but issued a statement through the district saying that Bowman’s termination was because he violated school policy, not because of his sexual orientation.
This is an excerpt from TheBlaze.
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