Monday, March 24, 2014

Arkansas Sheridan School District Superintendent: Bigotry Runs Rampant

   Last week I learned about a school superintendent in Arkansas that is now the face of bigotry in the arena of education.  She is everything that is wrong with the southern U.S.: No acceptance of people who are different.  One of her bigoted acts including denying a kid the opportunity speak about his Muslim religion. The other is against a gay kid.   When is the south going to stop putting bigots in high offices? 
  Here are just 2 examples of the bigotry that Sheridan Superintendent Brenda Haynes has done in the last 6 months.
1) Removing the Profile of a Gay Student's profile and struggle of coming out. 
STORY FROM CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/19/us/arkansas-gay-student-yearbook/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
     An Arkansas student says his high school is "history" after school officials pulled a profile of him from the school yearbook because he is openly gay.
Taylor Ellis, 17, told CNN affiliate KATV that Sheridan High School pulled seven student profiles from the Yellowjacket yearbook rather than publish an account based on his coming out.
"It's a big thing in Sheridan to be gay," the yearbook's assistant editor, Hannah Bruner, told KATV of why she profiled Ellis. "That something that doesn't get told a lot."
In a statement, Sheridan Superintendent Brenda Haynes said, "We must make decisions that lead in the proper direction for all of our students and for our community. We must not make decisions based on demands by any special interest group. The seven profiles will not be published in the yearbook."
 VIDEO LINK: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/03/19/dnt-rally-for-gay-student-yearbook-profile.katv.html

***When I went to school, stories of kids overcoming obstacles are supposed to be applauded. Because this idiot is "offended" because of her bible, she uses that intolerance in her position. 

Days later, the idiot stands by her decision: 
http://arkansasnews.com/news/arkansas/update-school-superintendent-defends-decision-censor-gay-student-s-profile 
2) Sheridan school district cancels Muslim guest speaker after receiving complaints
SOURCE: TV 11: http://www.thv11.com/story/news/education/2014/02/20/1768672/
   TV 11 Reported:    According to Dr. Brenda Haynes, the Sheridan School District Superintendent, a teacher invited a Muslim neighbor to speak to their classes, but that invitation did not sit well with some in the community. While some may be in opposition, Sheridan residents THV11 caught up with think the school district may have crossed the line."People objecting to it, just give them the option to have their child there or not," one person interjected. "I don't think a kid should be denied any type of educational speech because the speaker is of a certain religion or race," Elizabeth Cameron added.
   So, Haynes removed the student speaker.  ***HOW ARE CHILDREN GOING TO LEARN ABOUT OTHER CULTURES AND RELIGIONS IF THEY'RE BLOCKED?**



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