A Texas teacher believes he knows what’s best for the kids he is tasked with teaching. So much so that he scolded a group of parents who protested the appearance of drag queens at the school.
Anthony Lane, an English teacher at Willis High School north of Houston, posted his reprimand on his Facebook page, where he claimed that parents should not have a say in whether drag queens appear at a school event where they were tasked with teaching how to apply make-up to a cosmetology class. He accused the parents of having “misguided, bigoted views.”
I believe that raising a child is the responsibility of the community, and that parents should not have the final say. Let’s be honest, some of you don’t know what is best for your kids.
Parents believe they should be able to storm the school in the name of political and religious beliefs if something happens in the school that they are morally opposed to. They forget that we make a promise to prepare their children to live in a diverse world. We are not required to protect the misguided, bigoted views of their parents.
According to interviews of parents:
At least one local school administrator and several parents were angered by the school’s decision to invite Adonis-Deveaux to campus. “I put numerous calls into the administrator’s office, which of course they made it abundantly clear they will not talk about it,” said Dale Inman.
“I’ve got a problem when somebody with a false name enters a school and has advertised himself as an adult exotic dancer for men … Nobody would be allowed in a school under those circumstances,” Inman added, while noting Adonis-Deveaux is free to do what he wants in his personal life. “As a parent, I have a right to know who’s in that school building,” he said.