The Anoka-Hennepin school district agreed to pay a family $25,000 after two teachers allegedly harassed a boy because of his perceived sexual orientation.

The offending events seem to have consisted of references to the student’s gay-ness in the classroom setting. Like when he picked Abe Lincoln to do a report, the comment was something like “oh, he likes older men.” The two teachers who are implicated have won good-teacher awards and the school district denies anything went wrong. Read the story here; There is probably enough in the Star Tribune article to figure this out.


  1. #1 Paul Murray
    August 14, 2009

    “Likes older men?” If that teacher is an older man, he’s looking down the barrel of a pedophilia witchunt. *Imagine* if he’d said that about a female student!

    … Oh right. It’s a woman doing it. That makes more sense. That’s ok, then. Women are incapable of wrong, when it comes to sex and whatnot.

    Good to see that when the courts have to decide between adult woman and minor male, they sometimes make the right choice. It ain’t always so.

  2. #2 DuWayne
    August 15, 2009

    Is this district run by a bunch of fucking crack-heads? I mean seriously, how the fuck can they actually defend these teachers? I don’t care how “good” they are as teachers, that sort of shit is exactly why gay teens have such a high suicide rate. This is the sort of thing you would expect to have seen twenty years ago and then rarely enough. It would not, for example, have been tolerated in my school system – though the more I learn, the more I realize that the school I went to was rather unique for a midwestern school, in a city of under a million residents. But still, that was seventeen years ago.

    This is just plain fucking ridiculous, made moreso by the fact that these teachers are still in the classroom. Those schools would be a better place, if you got rid of not only the teachers, but their administration allies as well. But that’s me – when it comes to kids being bullied by fucking teachers, I have zero tolerance.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    August 15, 2009

    DuWayne, I actually know members of this school board and no they are not crackheads, and this is a reasonably liberal district. Well, the thing is, it is the biggest county in the state minus the biggest city in the state and a bunch of other school districts that are indy, plus a conservative county minus some school districts. Nonetheless, it is the largest district in the state by any measure, and large = population dense and that usually = somewhat more liberal. So this is NOT minneapolis, but it is also NOT … well, I won’t name names.

    So I suspect that what we are seeing here is that this is how school districts act, more a function of the system than the people in the system, more a function of the nature of litigation and civil law than the intentions of the actors. This is not Texas.

    The fact that about 35 fto 40% of the district overlaps with 20-25% of Michel Bachmann’s congressional district is not as important as it looks (those numbers are total thumb-sucks, btw)

  4. #4 DuWayne
    August 15, 2009

    And people wonder why I am an advocate of homeschooling (with some monitoring) and an advocate of totally tearing down the current public school system and starting from scratch. It is a truly fucked up world, where these two ugly excuses for teachers are still in the fucking classroom.

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    August 15, 2009

    DuWayne, homeschooling with monitoring is not ann option. There are too man wackaloons and nutjobs out there opposing anything like that.