Missouri educator gives up after complaints about gay pride flag

  • Missouri educator gives up after complaints about gay pride flag
  • Missouri educator gives up after complaints about gay pride flag

    NEOSHO, Mo. (AP)-- A teacher claimed he resigned from a Missouri junior high school after he was informed to get rid of a gay satisfaction flag from his class as well as to sign a letter claiming he would certainly not discuss human sexuality or gender with his pupils.

    John Wallis, 22, claimed he hung the flag and a sign that stated \"In This Classroom, EVERYONE Rates\" so his pupils at Neosho Middle school in southwest Missouri would certainly understand they might involve him for assistance, The Kansas City Star reported.

    Superintendent Jim Cummins said in a statement that he can not talk about personnel issues. He claimed Wallis, a cinema, world folklore and also speech and argument teacher, was worked with Aug. 13 and surrendered Sept. 1.

    Wallis stated the college principal and aide major originally suggested him versus showing the things however did not restrict it. But he took the flag as well as authorize down after he was told a parent whined.

    When trainees asked why the flag and also indication were eliminated, he told them he was asked to take them down which the flag did not represent what he would teach in his classes.

    \" However I followed it up by saying, 'If you have a problem with the flag representing me, or pupils that recognize as LGBTQ, then you can probably locate a different class,'\" stated Wallis. He stated that motivated even more grievances from moms and dads.

    He was then asked to sign a letter claiming he would certainly be discharged if he can not teach his curriculum without keeping his \"personal agenda on sexuality\" out of the class. The letter additionally restricted Wallis from showing any type of recommendations to sexuality or gender in his class.

    Wallis stated he's filed a grievance with the united state Division of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

    \" The trouble I have with it, certainly, is that it specifies to me, and also as an openly gay male that seems a little bit discriminatory because if you're a straight educator, you can discuss your partner, your kids, you can have a photo of your household in the classroom, but I have a flag and then suddenly there's a trouble. You recognize, it really did not make any feeling,\" Wallis said.