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Old February 21st, 2011, 12:35 PM   #1
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A young student teacher was booted from his assigned school last year for disclosing to a curious student that he was gay, leading to a flap that ended with the teacher back in the classroom. Now the story has come to a conclusion: the teacher, Seth Stambaugh, and the Beaverton School District settled on Feb. 11, with Stambaugh receiving $75,000 reported local newspaper the Beaverton Valley Times on Feb. 11.



"The student asked me if I was married," Stambaugh told the news station. "I responded, ’No.’ He asked, ’Why?’ I said it was illegal for me to get married. I said, ’It’s because I want to marry a man.’ "


Apparently this all resulted from the complaints of a bigoted parent:

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The same parent lodged a prior complaint about the student teacher’s "inappropriate" manner of dress, "which consisted of cardigan sweaters, neatly pressed slacks and bow ties," noted Oregon Live educator and guest columnist Marcia Klotz in an Oct. 17, 2010, op-ed. "We all know what kind of people dress like that," added Klotz.



"Are 9-year-olds mature enough to understand the issue of same-sex marriage?" Klotz, Portland State University assistant professor of English, wondered. "Maybe, maybe not. But if they are old enough to worry their parents about their exposure to the rather subtle fashion clues of a bow tie and cardigan, they must be quite savvy indeed."
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As another teacher noted, gays simply don't have the same rights as straights:

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The head of the Beaverton Education Association, David Wilkinson, agreed. "As a heterosexual male, I can talk about my wife and our children," Wilkinson told the Portland Tribune. "Our GLBT members have been shown that they are not at liberty to discuss their personal lives in the same way."
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Cardigan sweaters and bowties are GAY? LOL LOL LOL



Jesus, bigots are silly.
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Old February 21st, 2011, 01:43 PM   #3
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Cardigan sweaters and bowties are GAY?
Yeah......I always associated cardigan sweaters, neatly pressed slacks and bow ties with "pompous ass", like Tucker Carlson. In the future I'll know better.
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Cardigan sweaters and bowties are GAY? LOL LOL LOL



Jesus, bigots are silly.
I just thought all the neon "I'M GAY" signs over homosexuals' heads was the prime indicator of their sexuality. LOL
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Yeah......I always associated cardigan sweaters, neatly pressed slacks and bow ties with "pompous ass", like Tucker Carlson. In the future I'll know better.


Huh? The only sweater I have is a hand-me-down cardigan that was my dad's. I've had that for nearly 20 years since his death late in 1991. It is hanging next to my office.
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What all this proves is that teachers should be paid far more just to put up with this sort of BS.
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What all this proves is that teachers should be paid far more just to put up with this sort of BS.


Some of the most wonderful, engaging, sympathetic teachers I have known and worked with were gay -- in fact, one of my daughters' favorite former teachers is gay (the same guy taught all three of them, different years). Unfortunately, they cannot and could not (the retired ones) come out for fear of community backlash.



It's too bad that, with all of the gifts they have to give students, they have to fear what might happen if they were to live openly. They all live far enough away (with their partners) so they don't risk a chance encounter with one of their students -- and the student's family -- outside of school. I have never heard any parent say a negative thing about any of them, and I wonder (when I hear parents praising them) what those parents would say if they knew the truth; there are quite a few parents in this community who have made enough comments about homosexuals to make the answer to that pretty clear.
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Some of the most wonderful, engaging, sympathetic teachers I have known and worked with were gay -- in fact, one of my daughters' favorite former teachers is gay (the same guy taught all three of them, different years). Unfortunately, they cannot and could not (the retired ones) come out for fear of community backlash.



It's too bad that, with all of the gifts they have to give students, they have to fear what might happen if they were to live openly. They all live far enough away (with their partners) so they don't risk a chance encounter with one of their students -- and the student's family -- outside of school. I have never heard any parent say a negative thing about any of them, and I wonder (when I hear parents praising them) what those parents would say if they knew the truth; there are quite a few parents in this community who have made enough comments about homosexuals to make the answer to that pretty clear.


I have a friend who is gay and a teacher. He is very well respected and liked by his students. Perhaps because it's the east coast and he teaches an advanced class with very bright kids. He has to leave all his personal information out of the school. He was given an award for his quality of teaching and is a great guy.
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I have a friend who is gay and a teacher. He is very well respected and liked by his students. Perhaps because it's the east coast and he teaches an advanced class with very bright kids. He has to leave all his personal information out of the school. He was given an award for his quality of teaching and is a great guy.


That is very good to hear.
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