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Principal Resigns Over Gay-Straight Alliance

Jim Burroway

May 22nd, 2008

Eddie WalkerIrmo, S.C. High School Principal Eddie Walker announced that he will resign, following the creation of a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club at his school over his objections. That announcement came after the school district determined that he had not grounds to prevent the club’s formation.

Walker’s stated objections to the club were based on his own personal religious convictions. He also falsely accused the GSA of encouraging sexual behavior:

In fact our sex education curriculum is abstinence based. I feel the formation of a Gay/Straight Alliance Club at Irmo High school implies that students joining the club will have chosen to or will choose to engage in sexual activity with members of the same sex, opposite sex, or members of both sexes.

Gay-Straight Alliances have been established in hundreds of school districts across the country to provide a safe place for LGBT students and their allies, where they can find support and guidance. One student who attended a high school with a GSA remarked:

People used to make fun of and beat up gay people, just because they were different. This is actually a program to make everyone feel that they belong.”

I think Principal Walker made the right decision. If there’s someone who doesn’t belong at Irmo High School, it’s him. Not the LGBT students who attend his school.

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K
May 22nd, 2008 | LINK

I’d like to think there’s hope that the new principal will be better than this one, but that’s probably wishing too much for the kids in this school.

L. Junius Brutus
May 22nd, 2008 | LINK

Good riddance.

GDad
May 22nd, 2008 | LINK

Yes, good riddance, but let’s hope the superintendent or school board doesn’t replace him with someone who intends to be obstructionist instead of simply vocally disapproving.

I had a doctor visit that ended very badly when the doctor told me that he couldn’t offer me services, because I was gay. I still hope he loses his license, but he didn’t try to sabotage my treatment. It could have been worse for me, and we should be hopeful that it doesn’t get worse for these students.

If you live in the area, express your thoughts to the school board.

Emproph
May 23rd, 2008 | LINK

Good for him for resigning to his deeply held moral conniptions.

devlin bach
May 23rd, 2008 | LINK

That’s what the school gets for hiring an imbalanced adolescent.

Scott
May 23rd, 2008 | LINK

The thing I find fascinating about the people getting all bent out of shape over GSA groups is that the law that allows them was proposed and promoted to get bible clubs into schools. It’s deeply ironic that they are getting bit by their own technique.

Devlin
May 23rd, 2008 | LINK

Religions are quite famous for throwing boomerangs that come back and splat, embed themselves squarely in the forehead. This gay marriage issue is taking off entire heads. My question is, why don’t they die?

Priya Lynn
May 23rd, 2008 | LINK

Jim said “I think Principal Walker made the right decision. If there’s someone who doesn’t belong at Irmo High School, it’s him. Not the LGBT students who attend his school.”

Well said Jim.

Joel
May 24th, 2008 | LINK

“I had a doctor visit that ended very badly when the doctor told me that he couldn’t offer me services, because I was gay. I still hope he loses his license, but he didn’t try to sabotage my treatment. It could have been worse for me, and we should be hopeful that it doesn’t get worse for these students.”

Where did this happen? and what kind of doctor visit was it?, dentist?

homer
May 24th, 2008 | LINK

He’s a big ole crybaby, didn’t get his way. Wah, wah, wah.

Rob
May 25th, 2008 | LINK

I’ve read a number of posts on similar sites that have said that at least he had the “integrity” to act on his beliefs by resigning rather than trying to impose his beliefs, and that he bears no malice toward any group involved. I beg to disagree. If he was actually acting with integrity and for the good of his students he would have simply stated the because of his religious beleifs he could not continue to work within the public education system. Instead, he chose to name the GSA as his reason for resigning, thus marginalizing a group that is in all likelyhood, all ready marginalized.

It will be interesting to see what this “man of integrity’s” reaction is when a gay student gets bashed for supposedly causing his resignation.

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