NC teacher suspended for showing rap video supporting gay rights - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

NC teacher suspended for showing rap video supporting gay rights

Posted: Updated:

A social studies teacher at a middle school in Taylorsville was suspended three days for showing eighth-grade students the rap video "Same Love," a song by Macklemore that promotes equal rights for gays, according to the Taylorsville Times.

The story sparked much debate in the small Alexander County town in  western North Carolina, and also became national news.

Alexander County school board attorney Joel Harbinson told CNN on Thursday, "The issue in this matter was one of whether the video was curriculum-based, educationally-related, and age-appropriate for a class of prepubescent 13-year-olds."

Macklemore's video includes a kiss between two men at a wedding altar and shows an elderly gay couple in a hospital.

The video was shown to students at West Alexander Middle School.

What do you think? Let us know on Facebook

Alexander County Schools Associate Superintendent Dr. Jeff Peal  told The Taylorsville Times, "At West Alexander Middle School, there was an inappropriate video shown in class, outside the bounds of the curriculum, that called for disciplinary action last week. That teacher will be back in school this week."

The news sparked many in the town to go to the Taylorsville Times' Facebook page to debate the matter. One parent wrote that his child is a student at West Alexander Middle School and was in class when the video was shown.

"My wife and I have raised and will continue to raise our daughter to remain unbiased of things of this nature," he wrote. "We also do our best to teach her right from wrong. There comes a time when my daughter will face reality in the real world. I want her to be prepared for what she will face. I want her to be able to think ‘critically' on her own.

"I personally watched the video in question and found it no more appalling than a young man walking down a school hallway or down a public street with his pants hanging down past his butt with his underoos hanging out for the world to see or guys at a football game in good old Taylorsville (yes our own town) holding hands."

Another wrote, "It's unfortunate the teacher got suspended for teaching on this matter. We don't have to agree with homosexuals or be homosexuals but they are part of our society in 21st century."

But on the other side, one woman wrote, "I think WAMS did the right thing with taking action! Call me narrow-minded but I think some of the ‘old' beliefs and morals were not so bad."

The school board lawyer would not tell CNN the teacher, describe the class subject or give details about the disciplinary action taken.

"The administration and the teacher reached an understanding based solely on these factors that was mutually agreeable to all parties," Harbinson told CNN. "We look forward to the teacher being a valuable member of our school system for years to come as we continue our commitment to provide the best possible education to all of our students as well as to treat each of them with compassion and understanding."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE Squatters moving out of soldier's home

    UPDATE Squatters moving out of soldier's home

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:51:57 GMT
    Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
    NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) - WFLA's story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.
    NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) - WFLA's story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.
  • Former Postal Worker Sentenced for Not Delivering 45,000 Pieces of Mail

    Former Postal Worker Sentenced for Not Delivering 45,000 Pieces of Mail

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:45:46 GMT
    (CNN) - A former Kentucky postal worker was sentenced to six months in federal prison for failing to deliver about 45,000 pieces of mail.
    (CNN) - A former Kentucky postal worker was sentenced to six months in federal prison for failing to deliver about 45,000 pieces of mail.
  • Squatters Move Into Soldier's Home and Refuse to Leave

    Squatters Move Into Soldier's Home and Refuse to Leave

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:25:50 GMT
    Alleged SquatterAlleged Squatter
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.