NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) — A instructor stated he resigned from a Missouri junior highschool after he was informed to take away a homosexual delight flag from his classroom and to signal a letter saying he wouldn’t talk about human sexuality or gender along with his college students.
John Wallis, 22, stated he hung the flag and an indication that stated “In This Classroom, EVERYONE Is Welcome” so his college students at Neosho Junior High in southwest Missouri would know they might come to him for assist, The Kansas City Star reported.
Superintendent Jim Cummins stated in an announcement that he couldn’t talk about personnel issues. He stated Wallis, a theater, world mythology and speech and debate instructor, was employed Aug. 13 and resigned Sept. 1.
Wallis stated the varsity principal and assistant principal initially suggested him towards displaying the objects however didn’t prohibit it. But he took the flag and signal down after he was informed a mother or father complained.
When college students requested why the flag and signal have been eliminated, he informed them he was requested to take them down and that the flag didn’t symbolize what he would educate in his courses.
“But I followed it up by saying, ‘If you have a problem with the flag representing me, or students who identify as LGBTQ+, then you can probably find a different class,’” stated Wallis. He stated that prompted extra complaints from mother and father.
He was then requested to signal a letter saying he could be fired if he couldn’t educate his curriculum with out retaining his “personal agenda on sexuality” out of the classroom. The letter additionally prohibited Wallis from displaying any references to sexuality or gender in his classroom.
Wallis stated he’s filed a criticism with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
“The problem I have with it, obviously, is that it’s specific to me, and as an openly gay man that seems a bit discriminatory because if you’re a straight teacher, you can talk about your spouse, your kids, you can have a picture of your family in the classroom, but I have a flag and then all of a sudden there’s a problem. You know, it didn’t make any sense,” Wallis stated.
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