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To: Ligeia
"For whatever reason several students, mostly in my seventh-grade Spanish immersion course, came to the conclusion that I was gay and by early spring had begun a systematic personal attack upon me in the classroom, finding opportunities to say or write words such as queer, fag, homo, openly questioning my sexuality and making vulgar references to sexual acts," Worthington said.

Worthington said he tried sending the students to "time-out," but the attacks continued and became worse as more students joined in.

"I consulted with my department chair and began to write-up referrals instead of or in addition to time outs. Though administrators were aware of these problems, I felt like nothing was being done to alleviate this toxic atmosphere that was increasingly taking over my fifth period," Worthington said. "Needless to say, this situation caused me much stress, concern, frustration and rage. I do not ever want to be in a similar situation again and I do not think any teacher, staff member or student should have to function in such a hateful environment."

In my day they resorted to more severe punishments to maintain discipline - not these [ahem] "pansy" time-outs.

61 posted on 08/01/2002 11:28:17 AM PDT by BufordP
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To: BufordP; Jimmy Valentine's brother
It's obvious this man isn't cut out to be in the classroom for more reasons than one. I know for a fact there is an openly homosexual teacher at one of the two high schools in McLean. He certainly doesn't fear for his position since he speaks to his students about his partner's and his' efforts to adopt a child. Kilgore will be at the Cuccinelli fundraiser tomorrow. I'm going to try and go and see if Kilgore will discuss his thoughts on the situation.

I also wonder why they decided to drag Vince Callahan into this mess. Vince is a conservative Catholic. Must be some sort of ranking seniority status reason.

JBV, yes, Kilgore is newly elected as of last November. He is well regarded so far and word is he's the number one GOP candidate for governor in three years. I'm sure he'll handle this issue vedddy carefully.

64 posted on 08/01/2002 5:18:38 PM PDT by Ligeia
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