Teacher Who Backed Gay-Free Prom Under Fire
Diana Medley doesn't actually work for Sullivan High
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2013 8:49 AM CST
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(Newser) – One Indiana town's quest to hold a competing "traditional" prom—that would be one in which gay students aren't permitted to attend—is spelling trouble for Diana Medley, a teacher who, crazily enough, doesn't even work for the school. Medley, you'll recall, is the special-education teacher who made such public comments as:

  • "We don't agree with [homosexuality] and it's offensive to us. A gay person isn’t going to come up and make some change unless it’s to realize that it was a choice and they’re choosing God." When asked if she thought gay people have a purpose in life, Medley continued, "No, I honestly don't. Sorry, but I don't. I don't understand it."

But the principal of Sullivan High School notes that Medley "doesn’t speak for us, or represent us, or even work for us. She’s been associated with us, but that is unfortunate." The Indianapolis Star explains the tenuous connection: Medley works in a nearby school district, and is employed by the Northeast School Corp; Sullivan High is part of the Southwest School Corp. She attended the meeting that was held Sunday to discuss the potential of an alternate prom. This being the Internet age and all, Medley now finds herself the subject of what Huffington Post terms "what just might be the best Billy Madison mash-up ever": a video that splices her comments with the infamous "Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to you..." scene.

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Feb 15, 2013 11:50 AM CST
I agree witrh Diana Medley. They have a right to be gay and to a gays-only prom if they so choose, but others have an equal right to be non-gay and to have a prom that reflects that.
Feb 14, 2013 7:37 PM CST
Then you should have a gay free school. You cannot pick and choose who goes to your school. You should not pick who goes to your prom. Their parents pay taxes like everyone else. And, semantical but, if something offends you that is no excuse to come against it. Offense is not something done to you, it's something you are due to your inability to deal with something you don't like.
Feb 14, 2013 6:51 PM CST
For some reason, in this country we always seem to need to have something to hate and vilify. Some group or other that 'isn't like us' or is different enough to become a target. We are basically a nation of bullies. Rather than try and understand someone or something different, we have to trample it (sometimes physically) as if it were a venomous snake about to bite us. Any little difference is some kind of threat to 'The American Way Of Life' that has to be destroyed or at least significantly marginalized. If you look at our history we've done that with basically every nationality that came to this country from somewhere else (after doing it to the natives we already found here). Slowly most of these groups have been accepted and assimilated, sometimes even welcomes in the end, but others haven't been as lucky. I hope someday this changes but I ain't holding my breath for it either.