Indiana high school kids petition for ‘traditional prom’
Kids who attend Sullivan High School in Indiana are petitioning to have a ‘traditional prom.’ Just what do they mean by ‘traditional?’ They want gays banned from attending.
A group of Indiana-based parents, teens and even a teacher is fighting for a separate “traditional” prom that would ban gay students.
As NBC 2/My Wabash Valley is reporting, special education teacher Diana Medley is defending a group of Sullivan High School students who are arguing in favor of the alternate prom.
“Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don’t agree with them, but I care about them,” Medley told the news station. “It’s the same thing with my special needs kids; I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason.”
When asked whether or not gay people have a “purpose” in life, Medley added, “No, I honestly don’t. Sorry, but I don’t … A gay person isn’t going to come up and make some change unless it’s to realize that it was a choice and they’re choosing God.”
Medley was just one of several parents, students and others who reportedly met Feb. 10 at the Sullivan First Christian Church demanding that gay students be barred from attending the dance. “We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don’t think it’s right nor should it be accepted,” one local student is quoted as saying.
It seems that Miss Medley (maybe she should have been a music teacher.) is setting herself up for failure. With strong beliefs like hers, it doesn’t seem that she would be able to meet the needs of all the students, since about 5-10% of the population is gay. Additionally, it would seem to me that gay students would be just as eligible to attend a school function as heterosexual students. Everyone should have to play by the same rules.
The war has also spilled over to Facebook where overwhelming support is being shown for the gay students. Here is one suggestion:
Among those to sound off on the news is LGBT activist Dan Savage, who wrote in his blog:
“There’s no way to stop the haters at Sullivan High School from holding an independent prom for the special bigoted kids. But here’s what we can do: we can make a noise so loud enough that all the queer kids at Sullivan High School hear it. Those kids need to know that there are people — a lot of people — who think this sh*t is wrong.”
At some point, these students are going to have to acknowledge that their world has changed and it is no longer acceptable to just shove people aside because you don’t like what or who they are. If those students want a gay free prom, perhaps their church could sponsor a dance for them.
Clarification: It seems that Special Ed teacher Medley is NOT a teacher in that district. She is just involved in the outside parent group. That was NOT made clear.