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Op-ed: I Wish That Suspended Teacher Were Mine

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The Advocate
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September 19, 2013

Homophobia is alive and well in small-town North Carolina, and it breaks my heart. Just last week, a teacher at West Alexander Middle School in Alexander County, N.C., was suspended for three days for showing students the rap video “Same Love” by Macklemore, which promotes equal rights and shows two guys kissing.

I grew up in a place like Alexander County — McLeansville, N.C.. population 1,021 to be exact — so it made me laugh when Alexander County School Board attorney Joel Harbinson said the issue hinged on whether the video was curriculum-based, educationally related, and age-appropriate for prepubescent 13-year-olds. Here’s why I chuckled — and why it makes me angry as hell.