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US: Student attempts suicide by ‘hanging himself’ after teacher bullied him with anti-gay slurs

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  1. As far as I can see this is child abuse.

    Teachers are responsible for children while they are in their care, psychological abuse by parents is treated as child abuse and so it should be for teachers.

    This teacher should be banned from teaching and should be prevented from working with children, for life.

    1. Child abuse was the first thing I thought on reading this article. Well, that and the miserable time I had at school in the seventies with the teachers laughing along with the homophobic jokes the other kids directed at me… Plus ca change…

  2. Jock S. Trap 8 Sep 2013, 12:16pm

    This is disgusting.

    An adult bullying a child and encouraging others to as well.

    This is abuse plan and simple. The teacher has to be sacked as he should not be anywhere around children what-so-ever. That being Any child, his own or not his own.

    Yet again adults potentially try to ruin a child’s life and think they will be accepted and get away with it.

    The school needs to show this as unacceptable and to do anything others than sack this man and ban him from being around children would only show that the school believes in the teacher and not be in any child’s interests.

    1. Even worse than an adult bullying a child and encouraging others to as well, is when community leaders encourage adults and children alike to do these things. South Carolina has one of the most problematic histories when it comes to civil rights and social justice, because it has systematically categorically opposed these things – only federal oversight (and not local oversight) has had any success in forcing them to adjust. Read the history of South Carolina, and it is full of repeatedly being on the wrong side of history, again and again and again – and again.

  3. Failure of legal duty of care – Squeeze every penny out of them and use it to pay for your son to have a top flight education, so that he may have every advantage that the insecure and pathetic filthy swine of a man tried to take from him.

    Sometimes the best vengeance is to live well – So do it on their dime.

  4. It would be interesting to be able to find out more about this “teacher”. For instance, in that region of the US, statistics suggest that more than 90% of people consider themselves to be Christian, and with such a high number, there are of course going to be more “religious fundamentalists” there too.

    These days it almost goes without saying that this bigoted fool is a religious lunatic of one breed or another.

    The guy should not be teaching. The fact that he’s still in class and teaching kids while this case is being handled shows that the district there is probably equally bigoted and hateful too.

    He should be suspended, pending the outcome of this case.

    And if proven to be true, he should be banned from teaching kids for life, at the very least.

  5. Godric Godricson 8 Sep 2013, 1:15pm

    Link to the Court House News page :

  6. The theocrats among us will still deny any link whatsoever between anti-gay abuse such as this, and the unnaturally high rate of stress, self-harm, and suicide among LGBT people.
    This is THE reason why San Antonio recently passed it’s anti-discrimination law. Would be great if we didn’t need these laws, but because, as is alleged of Mr Ingram, some people simply cannot be trusted to do their job properly and appropriately without sanity and law keeping them in line.

  7. This is nothing short of child abuse and this teacher should be stripped of his post.

    Teachers are in a position of trust and responsibility, acting in loco parentis, and their personal feelings should be kept out of the classroom. That this was allowed to go on at all is a disgrace.

  8. This is why education is so important; because even many of the teachers, lawyers, politicians and even judges are completely clueless.

    But oh no! What am I thinking? We can’t go around teaching about sexuality or gay life or history because it’s bad for the children, silly me.

  9. Robert in S. Kensington 8 Sep 2013, 3:56pm

    Disgusting and you can bet religion had a hand in this somewhere as usual.

  10. South Carolina is a CHRISTIAN bastion. What else can be expected?

    1. That may be true but it does not make it ok.

  11. Beyond all the quite correct responses already about how revolting this is, it makes me also think about all those homophobes who describe being LGBT as a “lifestyle choice”?

    What queer kid would want to put up with this? Why would you put yourself through it just for a “lifestyle choice”?

    When homophobes choose to make those kind of assertions, it provides intellectual support to bullies like this repulsive teacher.

  12. They got blood on their hands but they just don’t care. It’s almost as if they want MORE blood on their hands and are doing this on purpose.

  13. David Walsh 9 Sep 2013, 8:14am

    Email these people. Do it. This teacher needs to be fired.

    Principal Mary Runyon:

    Superintendent Nancy McGinley:

    Assistant Principal Charles Benton:

    Please, email them. Tell them why this teacher shouldn’t be teaching.

  14. If the report is accurate, the teacher violated a large number of rules, and ethics. The students race, religion, or sexual orientation is none of his business, and should never be discussed, let alone belittled, in a classroom.

  15. What a vile place America can be …. and all because of ‘belief’. You’d think, as a supposedly ‘advanced’ nation they would have the intellect to question religion more. But they seem to be brain-dead when it comes to the deference they have for it. I can only think that this teacher, rather like the delightful Bryan Fischer, are so obsessed with other people’s sexuality because they have same-sex issues of their own. Whatever the reason, this person should be banned from ever teaching again. But somehow, being from the bible belt, I doubt it.

  16. When I was 9 and a half, in the fourth grade, a teacher called me a “fairy” in front of an entire class. I told my father who came down to my school and after threatening to rearrange the teacher’s face demanded that I receive a public apology in front of the entire class. The principal and my my father came down to make sure he complied.
    My father never objected to my being gay; he was a “whatever floats your boat” type of guy.
    Fifteen years later I saw the teacher in gay bar. I walked up to him and said, “Mr Graves, are you a FAIRY?” :) I explained who I was. He didn’t even apologise, but then, he was very, very drunk.

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